Intelligence failures, there and here

A friend who is also an accredited Republican foreign-policy expert offers this thought:

The intelligence failure that might win this election for John Kerry isn’t the mistake over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The intelligence system now in place to protect against domestic threats is exactly the same intelligence system that missed the 9-11 attacks.

Kerry should stop talking about weapons in Baghdad and Tikrit and start talking about threats to Boston and Tulsa.

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