So things just got real dire real fast for the Middle East with the murder of a top Hamas trouble maker today (Wed.). ... This is something to watch VERY closely this week, as the fuse may finally be lit. Hamas is almost certain to re-respond. The defense minister already calls a ground offensive "a strong possibility." Not good. Israeli Strike on Hamas Militia Leader Escalates Conflict - SFGate Couple Gaza and Egypt's prickly tone with the increasingly unstable Syrian rebels encroaching on Israel's northern border, and I'm more than a little concerned. Clinton is getting out of the game just in time.