Barack Obama channels George Aiken

He declares victory and will bring the troops home by 2011.

Aiken was the Republican Senator from Vermont who proposed during the War in Vietnam that the President “declare victory and get out.”

That’s the Obama strategy for Iraq, as embodied in his Camp Lejeune speech. All combat forces out in nineteen months (up from the proposed sixteen), leaving 35-50,000 behind; all troops out in 2011. From the lack of resignations, it appears that he got Petraeus and Odierno to hold still for it. And McCain is supporting the plan.

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: