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Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell finally addressed the Jamie Rubin op-ed on McCain and Hamas:

I got about 50 calls and e-mails from readers upset about the May 16 op-ed column by James P. Rubin, who was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration. Rubin wrote that Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, was hypocritical to criticize Sen. Barack Obama for saying the United States should negotiate with its enemies. Rubin said that McCain, in an interview two years ago that touched on Hamas, told him: “They’re the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another.” Complainers said a video showed the answer was more nuanced. That’s true, but it didn’t change the nature of McCain’s comment.

Are you kidding me?


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