Fellas, can we postpone the post-mortem until the body is cold?

Courtesy of Atrios and MSNBC, a Washington Post story about backbiting within Bush Administration ranks about the “bum advice” Bush got on fighting this war.


And here’s more from Warren Strobel of Knight-Ridder. Looks as if Bushland is erupting in a nasty civil war. Perhaps things are going worse than I think they are. And this is really discouraging:

In a televised interview three days before the Bush speech, Cheney said, “I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.”

Cheney said his assessment was based in part on meetings with Iraqi exiles, many of whom predicted a quick collapse of Saddam’s regime after an invasion.

Shouldn’t a political science major at least have read his Machiavelli? Never listen to exiles!

“Such is their extreme desire to return to their homes that they naturally believe many things that are not true, and add many others on purpose.” (Discourses, II, 31)

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