Monday, January 30, 2006

Rice Admits U.S. Underestimated Hamas Strength - New York Times

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says now the US had failed to grasp just how much Palestinians disliked their longterm leaders. That led to Hamas winning elections this week and undermining administration peace efforts in the region.

"I've asked why nobody saw it coming." -- Secretary of State Rice on the Hamas landslide last week

The administration has something of a record of being blindsided:

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." -- President Bush
talking about Hurricane Katrina, September 1, 2005

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center." -- Condolezza Rice, White House News Conference, May 16, 2002

Hindsight is 20/20. (NYT)

1 comment:

Ken Grandlund said...

I don't think anyone predicted that American's could be so gullible as to elect people who would destroy the Constitution.