Just asking

About Ahmed Chalabi, apparently the neoconservatives’ candidate for President of Iraq:

Can anyone tell me:

— How he made his money, or how much he has?

— The details of the bank-fraud charges on which he is a fugitive from Jordanian justice? I’m happy to believe he was framed, but I’d like some details.

— How much of his money flowed, directly or indirectly, into the pockets or campaign coffers of the people who are trying to put him into power? If he’s clever enough to rule Iraq, he’s surely clever enough to get around American campaign finance laws.

— Why the CIA and State Department seem to hate him so much? Or is it just that they’re agin whatever the Rumsfeld crowd is fer?

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