Peter Galbraith on the Fraudulent Afghan Elections

Galbraith’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post is an important read for anyone wanting to understand why sending more troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure. Here is a key paragraph:

Afghanistan’s presidential election, held Aug. 20, should have been a milestone in the country’s transition from 30 years of war to stability and democracy. Instead, it was just the opposite. As many as 30 percent of Karzai’s votes were fraudulent, and lesser fraud was committed on behalf of other candidates. In several provinces, including Kandahar, four to 10 times as many votes were recorded as voters actually cast. The fraud has handed the Taliban its greatest strategic victory in eight years of fighting the United States and its Afghan partners.

Spencer Ackerman has further thoughts.

2 Responses to “Peter Galbraith on the Fraudulent Afghan Elections”

  1. Kathy, did you even read the Op-Ed?? 99% of it deals with a UN Cover up, and Galbraith being shot down by other UN authorities when he brought up the issue of Election Fraud. I’m afraid that 1-liner in a 17 paragraph Op-Ed doesn’t support your assertion that more troops will be “doomed to failure”. What a waste of 300 million dollars (the Afghan Election). This Op-Ed exemplifies another UN Failure and corruption within the UN …

    Maybe we should just pull out? Afghanistan is indeed a wasteland, but will certainly become a breeding ground for Human Rights abuses by Muslim Extremists and a breeding ground for terrorism should we leave …

  2. opit says:

    ‘Sending more troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure.’
    Well, yes : and I have collections of articles that analyze why and how discussion of Afghanistan has been perverted and dishonest from Square One.
    I’m sure you are competent to do a search on my website under ‘foreign policy’ and Afghanistan tags if you have any interest. Meanwhile, a little food for thought
    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2008/07/can-outsiders-m.html

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