Kerry’s decorations

Tom Oliphant says Kerry is telling the truth.

Tom Oliphant of the Boston Globe was standing next to John Kerry the day he did whatever he did with his ribbons/medals/decorations. If, like me, you have been carrying around the vague impression that Kerry has been caught in a minor but dishonorable fib, you should read Oliphant’s account.

The bottom line:

I saw what happened and heard what Kerry said and know what he meant. The truth happens to be with him.

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:

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