“Hope is not a method”

Here’s some of the reality you saw Mr. Bush denying Thursday night.

No, things in Iraq aren’t going well.

This letter from a Wall Street Journal reporter may answer the question so persistently asked by the warbloggers: Why aren’t the mainstream news media reporting how well things are going there? Answer: Things are going so well there that American reporters don’t dare appear in public.

Phil Carter surveys the sad scene and then sums it up:

This administration, though a series of major miscalculations, has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory… I do not see any way for the U.S. to impose order on Iraq, short of committing 2-4 times as many troops as we have there now and imposing absolute U.S.-controlled martial law on the country … There aren’t a lot of good options out there — just varying degrees of bad ones.

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

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