Anne Applebaum In Slate On The Afghanistan Election: August 19th, 2009

Full post here.

Missed this one.  Interesting quote:

“And if, for any reason, a legitimate president does not emerge? Then the tangled webs will once again unfurl themselves, the clans and the tribes and the paid mercenaries will start choosing sides, the people who blow up polling stations will have gained credibility—and we will have to think hard about whether to stay in Afghanistan.”

We already know the Taliban gains by faulty elections, or by no elections at all.  Why else threaten to kill voters?

The National Post talked with Abdullah Abdullah on the phone, the previous Karzai government’s foreign minister running for president, who claims there ‘s been a lot of vote-rigging.

See Also On This Site:  From Informed Comment: On The Afghan Elections So FarFrom Commonweal: Andrew Bacevich “The War We Can’t Win: Afghanistan And The Limits Of American Power”

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