Surely Michael Gazzaniga (Op-Ed, February 16th., A33) is living in a dream world if he believes that this President can make the subtle judgement required to distinguish between reproductive cloning and biomedical cloning.

After all this Administration has shown itself unable to distinguish between real nuclear threats (Iran and North Korea) and a non-existent threat (Iraq). The administration cannot tell the difference between a fundamentalist Moslem (Bin Laden) and a secular Moslem (Saddam Hussein). The administration cannot tell the difference between dangerous captives in Guantanamo and innocent bystanders rounded up in Afghanistan. It cannot tell the difference between legal and illegal interrogation techniques in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. Despite its enormous array of legal talent, it cannot tell the difference between legal and illegal surveillance operations inside America.

Those are fairly gross distinctions compared to those between the two types of cloning. There is little hope that Mr. Bush will soon draw that important distinction and allow Federal funding of biomedical cloning to begin unfettered by the current restrictions.