Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Abandon hope

LGM has an interesting bit of insight into the Administration's drug policy which, I think, speaks volumes about their general approach to policy-making. Summary: we must defund meth enforcement programs because to increase funds would suggest that meth use is at epidemic levels. If we accept there is an epidemic, we would be forced to acknowledge that there is no hope of ever solving the meth problem. However, by cutting meth enforcement dollars, we deny the existence of an epidemic and make clear our willingness to "stay the course" and fight the non-epidemic of meth use. In other words, to spend money is to admit defeat, so we must continue the valiant fight against crystal meth by cutting funding.

Ah, no wonder we're doing so poorly in Iraq.