(Dis)appointment in Samarra

More and more of Iraq is owned by the bad guys.

Dexter Filkins of the New York Times reports that still another city has been ceded to the Iraqi insurgency. (He doesn’t mention whether this was on the orders of President Bush, who doesn’t think America can win the war on terror.)

Hold elections quickly? Where?

This is looking worse and worse. Fortunately the warbloggers can divert themselves with Purple Heart band-aids and other memorabilia while the project they (and I, and many other Democrats) supported goes down the drain.

I agree I’d like to hear what Kerry would do differently. But first, I’d like to hear what the current President intends to do differently. The current program isn’t working.

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