Ed Driscoll

THE REUTERS CANDIDATE: Reading between

THE REUTERS CANDIDATE: Reading between the lines, you just know that Howard Dean really digs the Hamas:

Dean has been under fire for suggesting the United States should not take sides in the Middle East conflict and Israel should get out of disputed territories of the West Bank. While he has insisted that he backs U.S. policy supporting Israel, statements made on Wednesday about Hamas raise new questions.

“There is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war,” Dean said Wednesday.

Dean condemned terrorism but his description of Hamas–designated by the United States as a terrorist group–as “soldiers in a war” conflicts with U.S. policy. The European Union also approved last week the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Sort of makes essays like this pretty easy to understand, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: In a related article, Jim Geraghty asks, “Will campaigning Democrats talk about terrorism beyond this week”?

UPDATE: Charles Johnson and the readers of Little Green Footballs have some thoughts on Dean’s statement.