It's true that there remain serious problems with the US intelligence community's structure. It's also true that Dennis Blair, cut out of many important national security conversations over the past several months, was not a fully functioning DNI. And, yes, it's true that the confirmation process will take some time and that Republicans may slow it down with aggressive questioning of President Obama's nominee.
But Iran is racing toward nuclear capability, North Korean behavior is increasingly provocative and increasingly unpredictable, and there are, once again, raised tensions in the Middle East. All of this, and the US has seen three attacks on the US homeland in the past seven months -- two of them the result of the greater ambitions of what had been regional terrorist groups.
It's not a great time for a vacancy at the top of the US intelligence community.