Is Condi Rice’s warm-and-fuzzy opening to Iran, after President Ahmedinejad’s man-to-man letter to President Bush, a signal of a sharply soft turn in an Administration desperate to shore up public trust, not just in Europe but in the U.S.A.? I think so. The Secretary of State came off as lovely, thoughtful and transparent in interviews on two network shows last night, the News Hour then Hardball. ( Would that her predecessor had been so empowered three years ago.) Maybe this is the twilight of the cabal, which never set any value, pace Leo Strauss, on transparency. Note neoconservative Michael Rubin‘s 5:56 a.m. apprehension on the National Review website..