The Bush flip-flops

1. We’re turning over full sovereignty to the Iraqi government to be installed June 30, except that the Iraqi army will still be taking orders from the American Army and the newly sovereign government won’t be able to ask the American Army to leave. (As the LA Times headline put it, “Full power — with limits.” Someone ought to have the President read Hobbes — or maybe have someone read Hobbes out loud to the President — so he will understand that “partially sovereign” makes about much sense as “partially pregnant.”

2. The occupation will end June 30 but the number of troops in the army that gives orders to the Iraqi army will increase.

3. The Geneva Conventions fully apply to Iraq except for hostage-taking in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

That’s just today’s crop. Forget about compassionate conservatism (Bush clearly did), or his promise to keep a balanced budget, or to be a “uniter, not a divider,” or to “restore honor and integrity to the White House.”

If I were running a 527, I’d hire the acrobat Mike Dukakis used to show Dick Gephardt doing back-flips and make him up to look like GWB.

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: