“This is a morally dubious man”

The choice of Dick Cheney as commencement speaker is drawing protests: at Brigham Young University.

Well, yes. But it’s rather striking that BYU students have noticed. As Andrew Sullivan says, Bush and Cheney are acquiring the status of moral pariahs, in a way that transcends party and ideology.

GWB promised to be “a uniter, not a divider.” (That was when he was running for Decider.) He seems to have kept his promise.

Bonus The head of the BYU College Republicans describes Cheney as “easily the most powerful man in the world.” Think about it.

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