Rice Admits U.S. Underestimated Hamas Threat
Posted on Jan 29, 2006
NYT: LONDON, Jan. 29—Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged Sunday that the United States had failed to understand the depth of hostility among Palestinians toward their longtime leaders. The hostility led to an election victory by the militant group Hamas that has reduced to tatters crucial assumptions underlying American policies and hopes in the Middle East.
“I’ve asked why nobody saw it coming,” Ms. Rice said, speaking of her own staff. “It does say something about us not having a good enough pulse.”
Truthdig says: Quick, someone bring out the smelling salts! A White House official just admitted a mistake. | story