If you’ve been confused about Israel’s striking targets within Syria, Matthew Yglesias forwards the short version. Don’t trust Israel, because only the crazy people in the administration do. It seems that once again, Dick Cheney leads one faction, which believes that the intelligence Israel provided the United States justifies Israel’s action and a hard-line US posture towards Syria. Condoleeza Rice thinks there’s nothing there.
My opinion of Condoleeza Rice hasn’t been favorably impacted by her role in this administration, but I will put forth a small conjecture. There has never been any major issue on which Condoleeza Rice and Dick Cheney disagreed where it would have been sane to back Cheney over Rice. My complaint about her is that she really didn’t spend enough time disagreeing with him.