Hi, Hamas? It's Hill

How come the Guardian found out the new administration is about to radically restructure the U.S. approach to the Middle East before anybody in the US media got it?

Certainly Newsweek, which this week ran a detailed piece on the Obama plans in the region, missed what the Guardian tells us today: The new president's ready to talk to Hamas. He's ready to negotiate with the adversary that Israel, the ally with whom we heretofore moved only in public lockstep, is trying to annihilate.

This is big. It is, of course, exactly what Obama said he'd do, talk to anybody. And yet, not just doing it, but saying he'll talk to Hamas just as Israel is trying to make sure Hamas has no voice to talk with, is a message with all kinds of savvy, subversive, game-changing subtexts.

So why should the Brits know this before we do?

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