What didn’t Condi know, and when didn’t she know it?

Why didn’t Condi Rice, even after 9-11, know things — about al-Qaeda’s use of airplanes as missles, for exampel — that were in the daily newspapers? Perhaps an expert on Soviet civilian-military relations might not be the optimal National Security Adviser for the current moment.

Dan at Contrapositive wants to know why Condi Rice wasn’t aware, even after 9-11, about systematic al-Qaeda efforts to use airplaines as missles: intelligence that had appeared in several newspapers.

Seems like a fair question to me: one that Rice ought to answer under oath.

Maybe Brad DeLong and Matt Yglesias are right: an expert on Soviet civilian-military relations might be a less than optimal choice as National Security Adviser.

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