Putting politics ahead of national security

I recently criticized Wesley Clark for implying that George W. Bush had consciously and deliberately chosen to put the interests of Halliburton and other contractors ahead of the interest of national security. But that doesn’t mean we should be quiet when people close to the President openly talk about shaping strategy in Iraq to fit the election timetable. Kevin Drum has a good summary of this piece in the Los Angeles Times.

“Strategery,” indeed. John DiIulio realy had Bush’s number, didn’t he?

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

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