Liberal hawks and Iraq

Yes, the war was worth fighting, says Steve Teles, if there had been someone competent in charge of the peace.

The biggest political victims of the fiasco in Iraq are the liberal hawks. (Of course, our soldiers, and Iraq’s, and Iraqi civilians took a much harder hit.) It’s only by the luck of timing that we have a relatively hawkish candidate. Steve Teles offers a partial defense of the pro-war position, and says that candidate needs to turn both barrels on Mr. Bush, who doesn’t believe that America can win the war on terror.

Note that the right-bloggers who are bashing Kerry, as they bashed Wes Clark, may yet bring about the fulfilment of their own wish/fear fantasy and convert the Democrats (back) into an irrresponsibly anti-military party.

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