It does not seem to occur to Ms. Rice that one of the most important functions of a National Security Adviser is to think through the consequences of proposed national actions. Aside from asking whether what your boss and his militarist advisers are planning is justified, the job requires you warn against measures that would destroy peoples, rulers, governments, . . . You’d at least get your principals to recognize that the Pottery Barn rules applies: you break it, you can’t fix it, you own it.