Yes, sir, Prince Bandar, sir! How high, sir?

Apparently the Bushies have decided to give their Saudi friends a pass on religious persecution. Foreign workers get tossed into stinking prisons for practicing the faith our President so ostentatiously claims to share — I think the technical term for his behavior is “praying in the street corners, to be seen of men” — but as long as the Saudis are only doing it to “the least of these,” he doesn’t really have a problem with it.

You see, it’s all part of a carefully laid plan to destabilize the Saudi monarchy. We’re going to lull them to sleep for a couple of decades, and then, when they least expect it…

Thanks to Patrick Nielsen Hayden of Electrolite, who is nearly speechless with disgust, for the pointer.

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