Bush fib: 100,000 trained Iraqi security forces

Try 22,700 minimally trained. And Reuters had published the real numbers, in response to an earlier Bush misstatement, before the debate.

How about 22,700 with enough training to be “minimally effective at their tasks” ?

Note that Bush had made the claim about 100,000, and Reuters had debunked it, before the debate. Really and truly, the currrent resident at 1600 Penn. is an incorrigible liar.

Hat tip: Josh Marshall.

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