How's that purple finger working out for you?
Rice Admits U.S. Underestimated Hamas Strength
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN
Published: January 30, 2006
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."
Immediately after the election, Bush administration officials said the results reflected a Palestinian desire for change and not necessarily an embrace of Hamas, which the United States, Israel and the European Union consider a terrorist organization sworn to Israel's destruction. But Ms. Rice's comments seemed to reflect a certain second-guessing over how the administration had failed to foresee, or factor into its thinking, the possibility of a Hamas victory.
Indeed, Hamas's victory has set off a debate whether the administration was so wedded to its belief in democracy that it could not see the dangers of holding elections in regions where Islamist groups were strong and democratic institutions weak.
Nobody saw it coming?
Yeah, like "Bin Laden determined to attack US"
Come on, it was clear that Hamas was at a minimum going to tie Fatah, and could well win.
Had they not heard of Algeria? Weak governments are especially vunerable to an Islamacist vote, because they represent reform.
The reason they missed that is truthiness. They thought backing Fatah would work and it blew up in their faces. What a shock.
posted by Steve @ 8:25:00 AM