This is going to take some explaining

More improvident truth-telling from a former Bush official. Paul Bremer’s turn this time.

Paul Bremer admits we didn’t have enough boots on the groud in Iraq, and claims that he said to to his superiors in Washington at the time. One of Rummy’s flacks started out (naturally) by calling Bremer a liar, but the White House shifted ground and claimed that, while Bremer had indeed asked for more troops, the commanders in Iraq didn’t want them.


Bremer also finally admitted that letting the Iraqi ministries and cultural sites be looted was a mistake. Well, better late than never.

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: