Let’s (not) look at the record

Was the Clinton Administration tougher on al-Qaeda than the Bush Administration. Richard Clarke says so. Bush’s friends furiously deny it. But then why is the Administration keeping Clinton-era files away from the 9-11 Commission?

You might think that the Bush Administration, which has made such a big fuss about how weak the Clinton Administration’s anti-terror efforts were and has been so eager to deny Richard Clarke’s contrary account, would want the 9-11 Commission to have all the relevant documents showing how bad the Clinton team really was. But you would, of course, be wrong to think so.

In fact, the Bushies are trying to keep from the Commission (on the usual grounds of “security,” of course) about three-quarters of the Clinton-era material Clinton proposed to provide.

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