Wesley Clark’s (non-secret) plan to win the war

As far as I can tell, Wesley Clark’s plan to win the war in Iraq makes sense. I don’t say that it will work, or that it is the optimal plan; how would I know?

But as far as I can tell from reading it and the comments on it, it more or less parses, and people who understand the situation and the choices we face can read it without giggling. That’s a big advantage over anything else now on the table.

Maybe the next time he does one of those dumb debates, Clark ought to respond to the first silly question by saying, “You know, that’s an uncommonly silly question, so I don’t think I’m going to answer it. Instead, let me say how we ought to win the war in Iraq,” and then give the thirty-second version of the plan.

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