Here’s Obama in 2008 outraged at the suggestion that he would negotiate with Hamas.
In May 2008, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, had been attacking candidate Barack Obama for suggesting that as president, Obama would negotiate with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
Obama responded emphatically: “John McCain has repeated this notion that I’m prepared to negotiate with terrorists. I have never said that. I have been adamant about not negotiating with Hamas, a terrorist organization that has vowed to destroy Israel and won’t recognize them.”
In a CNN interview earlier that month, Obama even said the elder McCain was “losing his bearings” by attacking him on the issue.
Well he was adamant. That’s almost as good as “Let me be clear period” and “Make no mistake about it.”
And speaking of lost bearings…
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed reported that Obama administration officials “have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months.”
This isn’t the first time the back channel issue has come up. In 2012, Nuland vigorously denied the notion.
“There have been some bizarre claims out there that Hamas has a back channel to the US Government or that the US Government is dealing with ex-officials to have some kind of a back channel to Hamas. I want to say here that these assertions are completely untrue. There is no such back channel. And our position on Hamas has not changed,” said Nuland in a press briefing.
What was the source of some of these original back channel stories? It began with Robert Malley whom Obama had to dump over his Hamas contacts.
Then in February, Obama brought Malley back and appointed him to an important position.
This afternoon it was announced that Malley is heading back to the White House to serve as a senior director at the National Security Council.
Malley is a big fan of Hamas. His appointment overlaps rather interestingly with that 6 month time frame.