Did Desert Fox work?

Everyone, including me (*), wants to know what happened to Saddam Hussein’s WMD programs. We’re pretty sure he had them, but we haven’t found anything yet. Yes, Iraq is a big place to search, but we’re obviously willing to pay good money for good information; by now someone should have pointed us the way. Digby (*) points to a suggestion by Wesley Clark: maybe the airstrikes ordered by Clinton in 1998 — the ones the Republicans dismissed as an attempt to change the subject from Monica Lewinsky’s dry-cleaning bills — actually worked.

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