But if we left Iraq right now …

LAT reports terrorists recruiting in US-run detention camps in Iraq.

… it would become a training-ground for terrorists.

Oh, wait.

h/t PBD

To be clear: I’m still not sure that there isn’t a better strategy, from our viewpoint and the Iraqis’, than packing up and going home right now. But there’s less and less reason to hope that the current crew can find it. On current form, they couldn’t find their @ss with both hands and an @ss map.

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