Slander in self-defense

A non-partisan Swift Boat veteran tells some truth about one of the admirals in the SBVT.

Yes indeed, the Swifties are upset with John Kerry for testifying about war crimes in Vietnam. Especially, of course, those who ordered war crimes in Vietnam.

What makes you cry is how much the right would do with this sort of story, and how little the Kerry camp will be able to get out of it. The passivity of the political press is really too astounding for words.

Hat tip: Atrios.

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. Books: 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) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com