If an Honest Politician is One Who Stays Bought

… it turns out that Ahmad Chalabi isn’t. Even his sponsors at the Pentagon weren’t happy to discover that all his prewar “intelligence” was merely blowing smoke, and he suddenly likes the French ideas of early elections to install an Iraqi government, which he thinks he will be able to run; [*] that, of course, doesn’t fit Team Bush’s plans for a long, leisurely occupation that will make the U.S. the undisputed boss of the Middle East (and allow the President’s cronies to get rich peddling influence).

Apparently Condi had to take little Ahmad aside adn tell him, “Mustn’t, mustn’t! Mommy spank.” [*]

Remember when the neocons were telling us that people who disbelieved Chalabi and thought he was a slippery little crook were disloyal to the President, if not to the country?

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