They’re not that depressing, but what the hell, one is important and the other is grimly amusing.
The Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives — used to demolish buildings, make missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons — are missing from one of Iraq’s most sensitive former military installations.
The huge facility, called Al Qaqaa, was supposed to be under American military control but is now a no man’s land, still picked over by looters as recently as Sunday. United Nations weapons inspectors had monitored the explosives for many years, but White House and Pentagon officials acknowledge that the explosives vanished sometime after the American-led invasion last year.
Americans are in the grip of a monster case of Pre-Election Anxiety Disorder. No one is talking about voter apathy anymore, because the opposite is more likely the case. People care too much. They’re losing sleep. They’re having bad dreams about unfavorable tracking polls. … Laura Auerbach, a Democrat and the director of a Washington research foundation, finds herself struggling with her emotions as E-Day gets closer. She hates the president. He’s a “horrible” man, she says. She sent an e-mail to a friend: “I never feel like such a bad person as I do when I’m talking about Bush. He is so hateful he makes me hate.”
The worst part is that her 2-year-old, Ben, is picking up on her rage, and she feels as though she’s a bad role model. She and her husband routinely fume about George W. Bush, and the little boy sometimes asks why they’re upset.
“I’ll explain to him, ‘Ben, there are people out there who don’t always make what Mommy thinks are the right choices.’ ”
Parents making speeches to toddlers: A classic sign of pre-election stress.