McCain claims he “voted hard” [whatever that means] against Bush’s strategy in Iraq. Huh?
John McCain, in the midst of his latest blunder about what’s going on in Iraq, engages in a bit of Straight-Talk-speak-with-forked-tongue:
We’re paying a huge penalty for a failed strategy I voted hard against and I believe the strategy can and will succeed.
OK. I give up. When did John McCain “vote hard” against the Bush strategy in Iraq? Was it before, or after, he supported Bush on Iraq more than anyone else?
No one has supported President Bush on Iraq more than I have.
And when is McCain’s inability to grasp the current situation in our #1 foreign policy hotspot going to get as much press attention as Hillary Clinton’s hyperactive imagination about events a decade old?
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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