Why so silent?

Michael Tomasky argues in The American Prospect that the editorial pages have been giving Bush a pass on the Valerie Plame affair. Seems right to me.

Tomasky pushes the idea that Bush should order his folks to release reporters from any pledge of confidentiality involving Plame, which I think won’t work, instead of the steps I’ve been urging: a no-pardons pledge and an order to submit witten sworn statements about their knowledge, or lack of knowledge, of the affair. I’m still waiting for someone to explain why either one of those would be a bad idea, or alternatively for someone to pick them up and push them.

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