Sure, GWB is stark raving mad …

… but not crazy enough to be as pleased as Red Blogistan with the bungled hanging of Saddam Hussein. He thinks it ranks just below Abu Ghraib as a mistake.

… but he’s not as crazy as his wingnut supporters in Red Blogistan. You know, the ones that we so delighted about the hanging of Saddam Hussein? (Instapundit has some links, and an extensive, gloating quote from Austin Bay; Pajamas Media has more. NRO, check. Powerline, check.

Mr. Bush disagrees:

“I asked the president if he had seen the execution video of Saddam Hussein,” Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor, said on the “Nightly News.” “He indicated that he had and said in his view the way it was handled ranked just below the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in terms of mistakes made thus far in the war.”

If the wingnutosphere were capable of embarrassment, this would be terribly embarrassing. But don’t worry: they aren’t.

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: