Who dreamed up all those WMDs?

The White House, having (as Seymour Hersh reported)put outrageous pressure on the CIA to cook its intelligence to support the pre-made decision to go to war, now thinks it can turn around and blame the CIA for all the things it said about Iraq that turned out to be false. The Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee are apparently ready to issue a report saying as much. The Republicans say that it would be impossible to examine the White House performance as a consumer of intelligence, because “it would be impossible to reach a consensus” (i.e., the truth is too painful for them to confront). The Democrats aren’t buying.

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

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  1. Tenet, the lightning rod

    There could be only one reason why George Tenet still runs the CIA. And it must be because he's willing and able to deflect heat away from the White House for some of the most telling gaffes of this administration….

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