Policy Choices

I thought we’d have to wait longer, but we’re finally starting to see some of the “inside story” about how we went to war in Iraq. I’m sure more will follow and, in a few years, we’ll know much more (not that many people will care). I like this quote from Mr. Feith: “policy making often involves choosing to accept one set of likely problems over another.”

Indeed, this appears to be true of most policy decisions. Yet, in public discussions, this is rarely mentioned. Instead, we see advocates and opponents each arguing as if the public forum was a courtroom. Sometimes a newspaper, trying to be “fair and balanced”, will examine the pros and cons of a policy proposal, but it’s rare to see a discussion of problems caused by adopting or not adopting a policy.

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