U.S. Policy Seen as Big Loser in Palestinian Vote: "The election outcome signals a dramatic failure in the administration's strategy for Middle East peace, according to analysts and some U.S. officials. Since the United States cannot deal with an organization labeled a terrorist organization by the State Department, Hamas's victory is likely to curtail U.S. aid, limit official U.S. contacts with the Palestinian government and stall efforts to create an independent Palestinian state."
ArmsControlWonk | an arms control weblog: Iran & the Bomb 1: How Close Is Iran?: "Iran is probably a little less than a decade away from developing a nuclear weapon."
Audit Describes Misuse of Funds in Iraq Projects - New York Times: "It does not surprise me at all,' said a Defense Department official who worked in Hilla and other parts of the country, who spoke anonymously because he said he feared retribution from the Bush administration. He predicted that similar problems would turn up in the major southern city of Basra and elsewhere in the dangerous desert wasteland of Anbar province. 'It's a disaster"
Independent Online Edition > Environment: "Every enhanced production technique invented has been tried and tested in American oilfields. But it has all made no difference to the remarkable symmetry of the up-and-down curve that expressed Hubbert's thinking. The US is just short of halfway down the second half of the curve now. In other words, it has used up some three-quarters of its original endowment of recoverable oil. Given its almost total lack of attention to the efficiency with which oil is burned, the US becomes more dependent on foreign oil imports by the day....The American pattern of historical oil discovery and production is only a loose guide to what is going on in the rest of the world."