When-you’re-in-a-hole-stop-digging Dep’t

Condi Rice just admitted that she helped take us to war without bothering to understand the technical details of key disputed evidence.

Yesterday’s devastating NY Times story about how the Administration overruled its own experts in believing the theory that the aluminum tubes were parts for uranium-enrichment centrifuges made things hard for Team Bush. But Condi Rice’s comment to the Washington Post (Correction: her comment on ABC as reported by the Post) didn’t make them any easier:

“I knew that there was a dispute,” she said. “I actually didn’t really know the nature of the dispute.”

I guess President CEO isn’t the only one in his administration who can’t tell the difference between delegation and abdication. But then, Machiavelli pointed out a long time ago that it is impossible for a leader who is not himself wise to be well advised. How could he tell?

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

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