Shorter Richard Clarke

1. Islamic terrorism doesn’t represent a “clash of civilizations,” but a civil war within al-Islam. We need a strategy to help the good guys win that war. Right now, we don’t have one.

2. Redrawing the org chart won’t fix the problems within the CIA and the FBI that led to their lamentable performance before and after 9-11.

3. This stuff is hard. We need to be able to argue about it seriously. Critics of current performance aren’t friends of terrorism, and advocates of the Patriot Act aren’t fascists.

[Longer Richard Clarke here.]

Commentary from Amy Zegart to follow soon, I hope.

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