Hamas endorsed Barack Obama for President on Sunday. Yesterday, after Hamas’s endorsement was reported here and elsewhere, his campaign tried to distance Obama from the terrorist group:
“Senator Obama has repeatedly rejected and denounced the actions of Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of many innocents, that is dedicated to Israel’s destruction,” Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
Left unaddressed by the campaign was what it is about Obama’s policies that makes his candidacy so attractive to a leading terrorist organization. Here is one obvious possibility: Iran controls Hamas. Obama has said that as President, he would meet one-on-one with Iranian leaders, without preconditions. Perhaps Hamas’s endorsement reflects Iran’s pleasure at the prospect of an American President with whom the mullahs can do business.