Breaking the army

54% of the West Point class of 2000 has left active duty.

Bush and Cheney are tough on their toys. More than half of the West Point class of 2000 has left active duty. And that’s despite “stop-loss” and a new policy that promises graduate school and a choice of home base to any West Point grad who extends three years past his original five-year commitment.

We’re going to be cleaning up the BushCheney mess for the rest of our lives. I hope Justice Scalia is happy.

h/t: Dan Drezner

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