I keep not blogging on Israel's strike of what we're supposed to believe were North Korean components for a Syrian nuclear weapons program, because the whole thing seemed murky and shrouded in mystery, but after today's story in The New York Times by Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper, it looks a lot less murky.

Basically, there's a "sharp debate is under way in the Bush administration about the significance of the Israeli intelligence that led to last month’s Israeli strike inside Syria" and it "has fractured along now-familiar fault lines, with Vice President Dick Cheney and conservative hawks in the administration portraying the Israeli intelligence as credible and arguing that it should cause the United States to reconsider its diplomatic overtures to Syria and North Korea." As Eric Martin says it's a no-brainer to conclude here that the crazy-and-always-wrong faction of the administration is wrong here.

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