Seven Marines killed north of Fallujah

Does anyone have a plan for winning this thing?

Surrendering control of Fallujah to the insurgents doesn’t seem to have put an end to the fighting there.

The bad guys don’t need active majority support to make our lives miserable; it’s enough if our opponents have people willing to kill and die for the cause and our supporters don’t. That seems to be the case right now, and I don’t see what’s going to change it. If this isn’t Vietnam, then it’s Algeria.

Losing 1000 killed (and we’re now very close to that) doesn’t by itself mean that the war wasn’t worth fighting. But does anyone actually have a plan for winning this thing?

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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    In commenting on the car bombing in Iraq Mark A. R. Kleiman notes: The bad guys don't need active majority support to make our lives miserable; it's enough if our opponents have people willing to kill and die for the cause and our supporters don't. …

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