Gen. Franks is unclear on where the buck stops

If disbanding the Iraqi army was a blunder, as it was, it was the blunder of the Blunderer-in-Chief.

Gen. Tommy Franks, campaigning for the re-election of President Bush, says that the decision to disband the Iraqi army was a bad one, but tries pin the blame on the Congress and on the international community for not coming up with the money the President never asked for.

Phil Carter is puzzled.

Of course, we already know that the decision to disband the Iraqi Army came from the President to Paul Bremer.

Good try, General. Try again.

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