Did we just lose the war?

Hello? Four out of five Iraqis didn’t like the CPA or the coalition forces even before Abu Ghraib? Sounds like a catastrophe to me.

My earlier post about the Washington Post report on the CPA poll showing that four out of five Iraqis have a poor opinion of their liberators was (unusually for me) insufficiently hysterical.

Unless I’m reading this wrong, it’s utterly catastrophic news. (Well, not exactly news, perhaps; see this USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll from a couple of weeks ago.)

Of course, I could be reading this wrong, not being an expert on Iraq, but if so I’d appreciate it if someone told me why.

So far, everyone seems to be ignoring the story, which just seems bizarre.

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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