No, it isn’t Rumsfeld who has to go.

Walt Handelsman of Newday speaks (or, rather, draws) my thought on the “Rummy should resign” mantra:


Yes, perhaps it would be good for the country if Rumsfeld quit or was fired over the abuse of prisoners. And yes, perhaps he ought to be bounced for having so thoroughly screwed up the occupation of Iraq. But the buck stops on the President’s desk.

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: