Anthony Zinni is not a happy camper

Gen. Anthony Zinni has some choice words about Iraq.

Gen. Zinni isn’t surprised things in Iraq are going badly.:

“I’m surprised that [Rumsfeld] is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling him that it was going to be thus.”

“Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?”

“I think that some heads should roll over Iraq, I think the president got some bad advice.”

“We’re betting on the U.N., who we blew off and ridiculed during the run-up to the war. Now we’re back with hat in hand. It would be funny if not for the lives lost.”

“In the end, the Iraqis themselves have to want to rebuild their country more than we do. But I don’t see that right now. I see us doing everything.”

“I spent two years in Vietnam, and I’ve seen this movie before. They have to be willing to do more or else it is never going to work.”

Kerry-Zinni?

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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