Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Syria on Tuesday of fomenting instability in Lebanon and told them to ``knock it off.''
She was speaking after a bomb killed George Hawi, an anti-Syrian politician and the former leader of the Lebanese Communist Party.
Rice said she did not know who detonated the bomb but said: ``There is a context and an atmosphere of instability. Syria's activities are part of that context and a part of that atmosphere and they need to knock it off.''
Somehow that statement seems to lack the formality that usually comes with international diplomacy. Call me crazy, but I generally like to see my secretary of state speak with more authority than if she were a guest on the Rikki Lake show.
After all, these countries are our "neighbors" only in the figurative sense... Maybe she's spending too much time in Crawford with her husband.