My stab at foriegn policy analysis
So, Condoleeza Rice was turned down for an announced meeting in Lebanon. American Foriegn Policy(TM) has generally been only to announce a meeting that WILL occur.
This means one of two things.
A) Condoleeza Rice is ineffective and should be replaced. You do not tell a Secretary of State that you respect to take a hike, and the democratically elected government of Lebanon (which in theory we back) has done so. This is a bigger deal than you may think.
because option B) means it was a set-up, that the cancellation was planned to heighten tension, and that a significant number of our troops will be leaving Iraq by the Fall of 2007.
and heading for Syria.