“Completely divorced from reality”

Phil Carter thinks John McCain needs his “vision” corrected.

Phil Carter, who unlike John McCain has spent time in Iraq not devoted to Potemkin-village photo-ops, thinks McCain’s “vision” of Iraq in 2013 would be better described as an hallucination. When McCain peers into his crystal ball and sees that “Iraq is a functioning democracy,” Carter wonders what McCain means by “functioning,” “democracy,” and “is.”

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