What puzzles me is: supposedly, this policy is being implemented because those nations aren't shifting over fast enough to the use of passports with "biometric features" (fingerprints and other identifying marks). But as far as I can tell, the US isn't shifting over to biometric passports, either: nothing at the State Department's passport-renewal page suggests that you need to give them your fingerprints, for example.
Has anyone here recently gotten (or updated) a US passport? Are your fingerprints now required as part of the application?
In the absence of such evidence, it appears that we're (yet again) holding the rest of the world to a tougher standard than ourselves. Lovely. So I can freely enter the US without hassle using my non-biometric US passport, but if I enter on my non-biometric Australian passport, it's fingerprinting/photography time.
But then, I suppose no-one with a US passport would ever do anything bad, right? Riiiiiiiight?