Phil Carter in Sherman Oaks Tuesday night at 7:30

“Hard or Hopeless? The Road Ahead in Iraq”
7:30 at the Natural Gourmet.

Phil Carter of Intel Dump fame will be giving a talk this Tuesday evening (the 18th) at a dinner organized by the Four-Star Democratic Club.

Click through to sign up on line: it starts at 7:30 at The Natural Gourmet, 5242 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91401. For $30 you get what I’m told is a good dinner, plus enough wisdom to last you for months. For $40 you get to join the club and help remind Democrats that being against the occupation of Iraq isn’t a comprehensive national security policy.

Phil, who spent a year in Buqubah as an Army Captain helping the locals develop a law enforcement and court system, has chosen as his title “Hard or Hopeless? The Road Ahead in Iraq.”

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