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This is the Bush Doctrine?

Ha’aretz is reporting a meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Tanzim leaders (h/t Ozmandiyas).  What ever happened to Bush’s war on terrorism?  On June 27, 2002, Rice identified Tanzim as a group that “traffics in terror.”  See the exchange below from a June 28, 2002 State Department briefing:

QUESTION: Yesterday [June 27, 2002], in some remarks she made in Canada, Condoleezza Rice referred to Fatah and Tanzim as a group that traffics in terror. I know that there’s been some thought before about whether or not Tanzim should be considered a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Is there any change in thinking on that in the last week?

MR. BOUCHER: That’s very consistent with what we’ve always said, that those are groups whose members, and some of the associated organization, including al-Aqsa, which I think has been associated with them, where there have been people involved in terror, and people who have been involved in working with terrorists.

So I don’t think that’s — that’s not a new designation…

QUESTION: But you believe Tanzim does traffic in terror?

MR. BOUCHER: Absolutely. She said so; we agree, too.

It’s almost as if Kerry won and named Nicholas Burns is Undersecretary of State.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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