Iraqi Interior Ministry to investigate Shi’a death squads

I call that good news.

It’s not news that Shi’a death squads were operating out of the Iraqi security forces. We knew that. It is news that the Deputy Interior Minister has announced an investigation. Yes, it took U.S. pressure to make it happen. But it’s happening. No one will mistake me for an optimist on matters Iraqi, but this is definitely good news, as well as evidence that continued U.S. presence there has an upside along with its obvious downsides.

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: