David Rose has a must-read piece in Vanity Fair about how the United States systematically funded and provoked the recent Palestinian civil war, culminating in Hamas' coup in Gaza.
Rose's conclusion is that:
"It is impossible to say for sure whether the outcome in Gaza would have been any better—for the Palestinian people, for the Israelis, and for America’s allies in Fatah—if the Bush administration had pursued a different policy. One thing, however, seems certain: it could not be any worse."
Yet again, the Bush administration has taken a bad situation and made it worse.