Some good advice about Fallujah

Kos makes it clear which side he’s on: ours. And offers good advice about Fallujah in the process

Kos has some acute reflections on Fallujah and what to do about it now. He’s actually more optimistic than I am, asserting that what he calls the lynch mob was a small group without mass support. (Whether his knowledge is any better than mine — it well might be — I don’t know.)

The post should dispose of any doubts harbored — for example, by the undersigned — about which side Kos is on in the current struggle in Iraq. It’s written entirely from the viewpoint of someone eager to see his country succeed, and gives what I think is good advice toward that end.

It appears that I misconstrued Kos’s hostility to contract fighters as hostility toward the U.S. cause in Iraq, and in the process raised unjustified doubts about Kos’s patriotism. My bad.

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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