Chalabi watch

Looks as if Ahmed Chalabi is out of fashion in Washington. I just hope dumping him doesn’t turn out to be as bad a mistake as listening to him turned out to be.

Looks as if Chalabi is getting cut out: not because he provided bogus “intelligence” or because he violated the law by spending Congressionally appropriated funds to lobby for a war he thought would put him in power, but because he doesn’t actually command much support back home.

And it looks as if he’s not happy.

I wonder if Chalabi is right that following the Brahimi plan would violate the transitional law? And I wonder if anyone cares. I also wonder whether Chalabi is actually as close to Sistani as he’s tried to appear to be, and whether cutting him out now could be as bad a mistake as cutting him in earlier.

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