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Doesn’t look as if Wolfie’s apology is going down very well. Here’s the full text of an item from John Haywood’s “Washington Wire” in today’s Wall Street Journal

His excuse? Pentagon official Wolfowitz, who called media reports in Iraq inacurate because journalists “are afraid to travel,” underestimated U.S. combat deaths by one-third in recent Congressional testimony.

Of course, a naive observer might have thought that one of the architects of the Iraq war would be embarrassed to admit that, a year and change after “Mission Accomplished,” the country was still to scary for even war correspondents to try to wander around in. Or that at least one reporter would have pointed out that just about the entire staff of the CPA is also afraid to leave the Green Zone. (The main exception is Ambassador Bremer himself, who travels with heavy muscle around him.)

But that would have to be a very naive observer.

Update: More here, from the Stakeholder. Nice to see Howie Kurtz putting his professional loyalty ahead of his partisan bias, for just this once.

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:

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