Quagmire?

The facts aren’t anti-war. They’re just on the other side. Patriotic anti-idiotarians will ignore them.

Glenn Reynolds is right: it’s ridiculous to suggest that the situation in Iraq is a “quagmire” like Vietnam. Why, if it were truly a quagmire, we’d start resorting to counting dead enemy bodies as a measure of progress. Oh, wait …

And if it were like Vietnam, we’d face a situation where more than 40% of Iraqis actually approved of attacks on our troops, and only a tiny fraction thought our presence was helping improve their security, wouldn’t we? Oh, wait …

Let’s face it. The facts aren’t anti-war. They’re just on the other side. Patriotic anti-idiotarians will ignore them. After all, Michael Moore is fat, isn’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