CNN reports President Bush "is expected perhaps as early as tomorrow to unveil his ideas for how to reform the intelligence community. Aides say that that could track largely with what the 9/11 Commission has recommended." The AP adds that yesterday the President "led a videoconference meeting of his working group on the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations." Administration sources "have said that presidential approval of some of the changes suggested by the commission could come by early next week."
The St Louis Post Dispatch reports, however, that "the mounting sense of haste poses risks of its own, say some experts on national security and intelligence." Experts say "that the changes under consideration. . .are extensive and require a great deal of planning. Moreover, they are the kind of major shifts that the country is likely to have to live with for years." David Ignatius adds in his Washington Post column that "as President Bush and John Kerry race to endorse the commission's agenda for change, you'd think the proposals had been handed down from heaven itself, rather than offered up for public discussion." Ignatius notes, "What these recommendations should trigger and what the country badly needs is a real debate about how best to fight terrorism, not a rubber stamp."