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McCain's Hypocrisy On Hamas

HuffPo has obtained exclusive video from an interview McCain gave two years ago in which he implied that he would be willing to work with Hamas. Jam

HuffPo has obtained exclusive video from an interview McCain gave two years ago in which he implied that he would be willing to work with Hamas.

James Rubin, the reporter who interviewed McCain writes:

Given that exchange, the new John McCain might say that Hamas should be rooting for the old John McCain to win the presidential election. The old John McCain, it appears, was ready to do business with a Hamas-led government, while both Clinton and Obama have said that Hamas must change its policies toward Israel and terrorism before it can have diplomatic relations with the United States.

Even if McCain had not favored doing business with Hamas two years ago, he had no business smearing Barack Obama. But given his stated position then, it is either the height of hypocrisy or a case of political amnesia for McCain to inject Hamas into the American election.

We can't go around the world claiming to "spread democracy" and then demonize the groups that get elected when we don't agree with them. Hamas certainly needs to change it's tune before we talk to them, but it doesn't change the fact that they were democratically elected. And as Rubin says, it's the height of hypocrisy (or a serious senior moment) for McCain to attack Obama when it turns out that Obama's position is even harsher than one McCain espoused just two years ago.

Just further proof that Senator McCain and Presidential Candidate McCain are two entirely different people, I guess.

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