Don’t ask, don’t translate

Hasn’t anyone in Washington heard there’s a war on?

In the past two years, the Defense Language Institute has fired 37 linguists — many of them Arabic translators, a specialty no doubt in particular demand these days — for having the wrong sexual orientation.

I’d really like to know how many soldiers have died in Iraq due to intelligence deficiences stemming from the lack of translators.

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