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Political Crisis Brews in Afghanistan

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Posted on Oct 17, 2009
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Hamid Karzai, shown here in 2007, has been de facto president of Afghanistan for almost eight years.

Afghanistan may be nearing yet another political crisis as officials fear that President Hamid Karzai will not accept results of an investigation outlining massive fraud in the country’s presidential elections two months ago. The inquiry is expected to drop Karzai’s vote total to under 50 percent, requiring a runoff election.

The Guardian:

Britain and the United States are attempting to avert a political crisis in Afghanistan as fears mounted in Kabul that Hamid Karzai will refuse to accept the results of an official inquiry into massive electoral fraud that is expected to trigger a fresh round of voting.

Diplomatic sources in the Afghan capital said the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, was due to call the Afghan president amid concerns that he will reject the findings of the Election Complaints Commission (ECC), due to be published on Saturday. Downing Street confirmed that Gordon Brown has telephoned the Afghan president twice this week. The US ambassador to Kabul is expected to visit the presidential palace.

Clinton indicated that a second round of voting would follow the expected report. “Whatever the ECC’s recommendation is, I believe it should be followed. And if that requires a second round that is what should happen,” she said in an interview with CNN. She added she expected Karzai to win: “I think one can conclude that the likelihood of him winning a second round is probably pretty high.”

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By Canada Guy, October 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
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The War in Afghanistan is over, it’s all about saving face now.

http://watching-history.blogspot.com/2009/10/war-in-afghanistan-2001-201x.html

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By @CT, October 18, 2009 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

Folktruther writes:
“When a US puppet wins an election through massive fraud, this is Freedom&Democracy;.”

Well, it’s darn interesting that it’s Emanuel and Kerry—who inflicted right-light puppet Obama and his goat-boy story on the Democrats—who are now talking about “credible partners”.

Presumably the Kerry faction wants the OTHER puppet, but “credible” is a tired ole word made ludicrous during the Bush years, in the phrase “credible intelligence. You’d think they’d go for “plausible partners” . . . :^/

I dunno: it looks like Viet Nam, plus the purple-finger pretenses.

And Oblabla looks like a prevaricating pussy—who is/was Afghanistan a “war of necessity” FOR, again?

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By Folktruther, October 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

It’s simple enough.  When an anti-imperalist wins an election overwhelmingly, as Amedinejad apparently did, it is a Stolen Election.  And Ahmedinejad is a Dictator, like Chavez of Venzuela, even though he isn’t even the most powerful figure in the government.  Both Prog and Con media agress on this.

When a US puppet wins an election through massive fraud, this is Freedom&Democracy;. Since Peter Gailbraith made it public, the fraud must now be carried over to a runoff election.  The world understands how Freedom&Democracy; works, but, astonishingly, many Americans still don’t, being deluded by the mainstream media.

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By @CT, October 17, 2009 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

Now HERE’s a weird one:

“Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, said on Wednesday it would “work with whatever government there is” but added having a “strong credible partner is extremely important.”
Kerry ‘wary’ of Afghan troop rise
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/10/2009101534750973263.html

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