I disagree about the President but totally agree about the Dana Walsh/Director Hastings storyline.
The Dana storyline is one of those incredibly stupid plotlines which 24 throws in at the start of each season to waste time and keep us from noticing that Hastings is completely unqualified to be running CTU. The sooner it ends, the better.
But there was every reason that President Taylor should tell the British ambassador what's really going on after the British ambassador committed his government to sticking with Taylor's peace negotiations (despite Ethan saying previously that the rumor was that the British were wavering). In fact, that was one of the few parts of the whole show that made sense to me.
I fail to understand what is going on with President Hassan. We haven't been given any context for his belief that people in his delegation other than his brother are working against him. Obviously, there is some twist that we aren't supposed to know yet, but I think I'd rather have him blown up in week 4 right about now.
I see we're back to baddies torturing Jack next week. I didn't think he could survive much more torture, since he actually died during torture in season 2 and then was tortured by the Chinese for 18 months after season 5.
The bad part is that the main plot with Jack, Renee and the now-deceased Laitanan has been going well. I liked that Renee snapped and killed Vladimir this week, and we've already seen that Bazhaev will kill his own son to protect his big score, so the main plot has been constructed fairly well. Too bad there are such holes elsewhere so far.