War, peace and treachery at 1600 Penn.

George W. Bush says that John Kerry should have known that when the President asked him to vote for peace he actually meant war.

Atrios points out that George Bush (still, at last count, confused about our prospects for winning the war on terror) is now criticizing John Kerry for having “voted for war” when Bush insisted, both when he asked for the use-of-force resolution and when he signed it, that the resolution was intended to avoid war if possible. (His actual words: I’ve asked for Congress’ support to enable the administration to keep the peace.)

As far as I can tell, every Democrat who’s ever tried to cooperate with George W. Bush has wound up with a knife in his back. That kind of treachery works for a while, but when it stops working it stops big-time. If he’s re-elected, Mr. Bush will have reason to regret this sort of behavior.

Of course, so will the rest of us.

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