Opportunity cost: troops in Iraq can’t be in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is talking about doing next winter something Obama has been proposing for two years.

The Pentagon is thinking about moving troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

If I think really, really hard I might be able to come up with the name of the Presidential candidate who’s been asking just that move for about two years now. The Liberal New York Times doesn’t want to help me on that point.

Remember this when you hear McSame talk about how awesome the Surge has been, Those troops couldn’t be in two places at once. The decision to send them to Iraq and keep them in Iraq meant that we would keep losing the war in Afghanistan.

Or, as John McCain and his fellow Republicans would call it, “Where?” The word “Afghanistan” was never mentioned at the RNC. Do you think some reporter might want to mention that? If not, it might make a good Obama or independent TV spot.

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