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Still Time for an Investigation

ADVANCE COPY from the June 10, 2002 issue: An independent commission is in the president's interest.

5:30 PM, May 31, 2002 • By ROBERT KAGAN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Our guess is that a blue-ribbon commission would be a good deal more careful with sensitive information than members of Congress generally are. An independent commission is also more likely to come up with constructive criticism and useful recommendations for change, rather than simply engage in finger-pointing. Done right, such a commission could give the public something it now lacks: confidence that somebody is taking an honest look at what went wrong, and confidence that the administration will be put under pressure to change the ways its agencies operate. How could that be bad? --Robert Kagan and William Kristol