Coaltion of the no-longer-willing Dep’t

Maybe instead of promising to bring new countries to the table, Senator Kerry should just promise to keep the allies we have.

To survive a no-confidence vote in the Sejm, the Polish Prime Minister had to promise to start withdrawing the tiny Polish contingent in Iraq by the beginning of 2005. Three-quarters of Poles oppose their country’s presence in Iraq.

The International Herald Tribune reports:

Government officials said Belka’s speech to the Sejm, the Polish lower house of Parliament, could be an acute embarrassment to President George W Bush.

Ya think?

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

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