Reality intrudes

If the Israeli attack on Hezbollah in Lebanon was such a triumph, why did the Israeli Army Chief of Staff just resign?

I’m not sure how many of the warbloggers out there still cherish the fantasy that the Israeli attack on Hezbollah in Lebanon last summer was a success. But for their benefit, here’s a hint.

The Israeli Army Chief of Staff just resigned, before the inquiry committee could issue its report. “For me, the concept of responsibility is everything,” he wrote.

Any questions?

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