The truth isn’t unpatriotic

John Cole isn’t impressed with the argument that reporting on the abuse of prisoners is “anti-military.”

John Cole:

Reporting on abuses that have been committed by our troops, in our name, is not anti-military.

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By the way, is it true that the only people killed in the riots in Afghanistan sparked by the Koran-flushing story were the rioters, shot down by Afghani police? If so, what’s with all the whining about “the death of innocents”?

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