I agree that Syria was arranging a nasty surprise for Israel which when up and running would have probably meant a full scale regional war if it was a clear existential threat to Israel. And this was the best of a bad selection of choices. And yes $25 Million is not a lot of money, but if North Korea was in breach of the agreements met, I doubt Cheney would have authorised the payment. As you know and I know we know that Israel attacked something but what you know and I know is that we do not know what was attacked, and until we know that we have no knowledge of what actually occured other than there was an audacious attack by Israel on Syria.
from the article: IDF lifts censorship of Sept. 6 IAF strike on target inside Syria