Friday, March 3

Once again, it would be nice if our government listened to its own experts ...

Last month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that "I don't know anyone who wasn't caught off guart by Hamas' strong showing," in answer to Hamas' election victory in January.

Well, maybe she knows a few people that weren't caught off guard. In this report in Secrecy News, it turns out that the "Office of Research" in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the (wait for it ...) State Department were predicting the "likely success of Hamas at the polls" in a report published on January 19.

This is the same office that disagreed with the Administration about whether Hussein's Iraq had restarted its nuclear weapons program.

Maybe officials on high should start listening to these folks?

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