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Ear to the Ground

Report: U.S. Envoy and Afghan President in Election Meltdown

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Posted on Aug 27, 2009
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Afghan poll workers organize ballots in Helmand province.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai got an “explosive” talking-to by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke, according to the BBC. The meeting, which reportedly covered vote fraud and the possibility of a second election, didn’t last very long.

The Beeb reports that the dust-up took place a day after the election.

You may remember Holbrooke less for his concerns about election integrity and more for his hawkish approach to foreign affairs. His appointment to spearhead diplomacy in the region was an early sign that the Obama administration was thinking in terms of force.

There have been widespread allegations of fraud in Afghanistan’s recent election, and it remains to be seen whether the U.S. plans to do anything about it other than chastise the country’s leader.

Is America even after free and fair elections? As William Pfaff noted in a column a week ago, “The problem with U.S.-sponsored elections in Asia and elsewhere in the non-Western world, as in Afghanistan on Thursday, is that they are sponsored by the United States primarily to legitimize its own presence in the country.”  —PS

BBC:

The meeting was described as “explosive” and “a dramatic bust-up”.

Mr Holbrooke is said to have twice raised the idea of holding a second round run-off because of concerns about the voting process.

He is believed to have complained about the use of fraud and ballot stuffing by some members of the president’s campaign team, as well as other candidates.

Mr Karzai reacted very angrily and the meeting ended shortly afterwards, the sources said.

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By Thomas Jones, August 29, 2009 at 10:28 am Link to this comment
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History repeats itself…Iraq too.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, August 28, 2009 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

If we really want to “dust up” Karzai, announce that NATO will be removing all troops within the next 6 months and he can try to negotiate with and fight the Taliban by himself.  I think he might just listen to that as the Taliban would most likely march him into the local Kabul soccer stadium and issue a single bullet into his head.  Karzai only has legitimacy with NATO around and he knows this all too well.  Those warlords who “support” him would bail in a heartbeat once NATO leaves.

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By johannes, August 28, 2009 at 1:59 am Link to this comment

Dear Mister PSmith,

If the American citizen, know what you are writing, why let they happen it again and again, do they not understand that it will come some day their way.


Salutation

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By johannes, August 28, 2009 at 1:03 am Link to this comment

Holbrook is the men who can glue wather and air to gether, but after he is gone home their is left behind something ugly and stinking, he is placing time bombs, for the future wars.

solutations

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By UGG Boots sale, August 28, 2009 at 12:13 am Link to this comment
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So when Dicky Holbrooke finished “dressing down” our buddy Hamid, Dicky went
out for a double vodka martini and a tea chaser. Diplomacy Amerikan style

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By skulz fontaine, August 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

So when Dicky Holbrooke finished “dressing down” our buddy Hamid, Dicky went
out for a double vodka martini and a tea chaser. Diplomacy Amerikan style.

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