This is very inside blog-ball; it's mostly for the old-school warbloggers, most of whom will hopefully at least get a chuckle at this.
Do you fight crime by leaving some gangs alone? That's one of the arguments put forth by Mark Kleiman, author of "When Brute Force Fails." In the book, the UCLA public policy professor argues that police forces get better results by focusing most energy on the most prolific criminal gangs, and punishing them swiftly, to motivate other potential criminals to stay inactive. Is this the solution?
As the debate continues over what effect the war in Iraq has had on the larger war on terrorism, there is one indication that it had a powerful effect on Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's decision to give up his weapons of mass destruction.
It received little notice at the time, but in an interview with the British Spectator in September, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Qaddafi had told him in a phone conversation that "I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid."
Crossposted to Moe Lane.