What we’re buying time for

Factional murder and torture within the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Senior figures need bodyguards within the Ministry building itself, to protect them from other Ministry officials.

Different factions within the Iraqi Interior Ministry, representing various political, religious, and ethnic groups, need the time our soldiers’ blood is buying for them to kill one another and torture civilians in secret prisons. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is deeply complicit.

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