Heckuva job, Rummy!

Now we’re bribing Sunni clerics in Iraq to support our war effort.

So your tax money and mine has been filtered through the Lincoln Group to various Sunni clerics in return for supporting the American effort in Iraq. I can’t think of a better way to (1) discredit those who are genuinely on our side or (2) express contempt for Islam.

Of course, I don’t really believe that Rumsfeld is in the pay of the Islamo-fascists. But if he were in their pay, is there anything he’d be doing differently?

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