"Heroin, even more than cocaine, illustrates the near-futility of trying to use drug law enforcement to control drug abuse once a drug has found a mass market. Prices have been dropping (about 80% in inflation-adjusted terms for cocaine, much more than that for heroin) even as the number of dealers going to prison has soared."
* cannon to sander hicks:
"You simply are not worthy of debate. You must be opposed relentlessly, but never treated as equals."
"From what I can tell, “Iraqi security forces” are not an arm of the state (what state?), a self-willed bureaucratic entity or even a pliable tool of American will, but instead a locus of contention. They’re not the army, they’re the battleground. Iraq’s different factions vie for control of as much of the Army and police as they can get, to use against other factions vying for control of as much of the Army and police as they can get. This process seems to constitute Iraq’s real politics, independent of the Green Zone’s parliamentary sideshow. Each faction commands the units it can command, however covertly. Each faction considers the units it can’t command to be fair game."