The BBC is running the same story, as are the New York Times and the Washington Post. (I still refuse to sign up to read a newspaper, especially for the purposes of linking to stories in it that other people would then have to sign up for. Fascists.)
Didn't Aesop write a story about that?
And GWB and his pals think this is going to boost our confidence in him. *skeptication* Howard Dean makes a strong point when he says the following:
"It's hard to know what to make [of it]. None of us outside the administration have access to the intelligence which led to this determination.I can't wait to see Kerry make Dubya look like a stuttering gimp in the debates. Not that Kerry is necessarily the best man to be president, and not that anyone couldn't make Dubya look like a stuttering gimp (most media outlets have accomplished this already), but it will be nice to see Dubya's real-time response.
"I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism," he told CNN. "His whole campaign is based on the notion that 'I can keep you safe, therefore, at times of difficulty for America, stick with me' and then out comes Tom Ridge. It's just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is politics, and I suspect there's some of both in it." (source)
FYI, Kerry and Edwards have released (I hesitate to say they've actually written it, though I'm sure they signed off on it) a 263 page book entitled Our Plan For America. The overview is here, and the entire book is available as a free download here (1.5M .pdf). I'm sure most of it is feel-good rhetoric and probably will turn out to be fluff, but it would be nice if maybe some of their ideas materialized.