Foreign intervention in U.S. elections

Chalabi, the Iranian agent, endorses Bush.

Consider the following rather delicious item, from the Washington Times

Salem Chalabi, one of the principal drafters of the Iraqi interim constitution, said yesterday that the insurgents in Iraq probably would prefer Sen. John Kerry as the next U.S. president.

Mr. Chalabi, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, said that if he were “under the hat of a member of the resistance, I would prefer that John Kerry wins.”

“They may feel that John Kerry doesn’t have the investment, the political investment in the Iraqi situation that President Bush has,” he said.

From a media-criticism viewpoint, it’s a little surprising that Salem Chalabi’s uncle Ahmed isn’t mentioned: Ahmed, after all, is the man who has boasted of duping the United States into invading Iraq, who is suspected of betraying American intelligence secrets to Iran, and is currentl y collaborating with Moqtada al-Sadr.

But the item is not without political interest, either. The purpose of Mr. Chalabi’s comment, and of its reporting by a pro-Bush reporter in a pro-Bush newspaper, was clearly to damage Sen. Kerry. And Mr. Chalabi is still one of his uncle’s closest associates. So we now know which candidate Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iranian mullahs most fear.

American patriots may wish to be guided accordingly.

Corrected: the earlier version conflated Salem Chalabi with his uncle Ahmed. Thanks the the reader who promptly spotted my mistake.

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:

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