When did the Keystone Kops
    take over American national security policy?

Chalabi’s neocon buddies were also playing with another well known con artist, Manucher Ghorbanifar.

January 20, 2001, apparently.

This Joshua Micah Marshall/Laura Rozen/Paul Glastris article from Washington Monthly is more Len Deighton than John le Carre. It would be funnier if we hadn’t gotten ourselves into a position where the mullahs in Teheran, by giving the appropriate wink to the Shi’a mullahs of Iraq, could put our troops, and whatever hope of success remains for the Iraqi venture, at profound risk.

No wonder Condi Rice is talking about walking if a second term happens. She clearly isn’t in anything resembling control.

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