Whether the United States should intervene in Syria is open to debate, but one thing is settled: that red line the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew in the sand last year has faded into invisibility. In an interview broadcast today on CNN, President Obama called this week’s reports of a chemical weapons attack “something that is going to require America’s attention.”

National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave Syria some of her attention today in a pair of tweets, demanding an immediate investigation into those gas attacks, or else. Or else what? Or else we’ll just have to assume President Bashar al-Assad is guilty. Again.

But seriously, what is he hiding?