Did US Government Underestimate Hamas?

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Last week, Hamas scored a stunning victory over Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party in the Palestinian elections. Today, we still don't know what the new government will look like, but the Bush Administration is asking allies in Europe not to provide aid unless Hamas changes its ways. As Secretary of State Rice spread the message to European allies in London, President Bush said again that the US will not deal with a Palestinian party that includes an armed wing and whose charter calls for eliminating another country. Cliff May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and Graham Fuller, formerly of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, have more on the unintended consequences of the Bush Administration's policy of spreading democracy in the Middle East. (This segment originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)

President Bush on Hamas



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton