This definitely doesn’t sound like good news

The Los Angeles Times reports that thousands of Iraqis who have been living in Jordan are returning home to fight the invaders. It was on the front page of today’s print edition, but I can’t find it on line; here’s a similar story from the Detroit Free Press. These folks can hardly make any difference militarily, but as evidence about the popularity of the current “liberation,” and therefore a prognostic of the post-war situation, their apparently voluntary return just couldn’t be more depressing.

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