The three central facts about Bush’s puppies

No, John Kerry didn’t propose “slashing” the intelligence budget, and he didn’t propose any cuts at all after 9-11. Bush’s new CIA Director, when he was in Congress, proposed bigger cuts.

1. Kerry’s proposal to cut the intelligence budget came after the 1993 WTC attack (and, more importantly, in the wind-down of the Cold War), not after 9-11.

2. The amount involved was about 3% of the intelligence budget.

3. Porter Goss, tthe former CIA officer and Congressman just appointed by GWB to run the CIA, proposed bigger cuts at the same time.

Fred Kaplan has the facts and the documentation. Now will the mainstream media blow the whistle on this, or roll over and play dead? Remember, this is the ad that the Bushites say they’re counting on to bury Kerry.

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