Saturday, August 22, 2009

Iran-like situation

Kudos to the Asia Times columnist M K Bhadrakumar for predicting the result of the election in Afghanistan, the result being that the opposition charged that the vote was rigged, like in Iran, and the result invalid.

This follows the news that counting the ballots will take several weeks, something hardly mentioned before the election.

As a 'nation building' operation, the handling of this election has been, if anything, worse than the elections in Iraq. A prolonged period of uncertainty about who is the Mayor of Kabul will, if nothing else, contribute to the uneasiness of Congress, NATO, and the public.

McChrystal's report was supposed to be due after the election, after being postponed previously. We are waiting. Oh, yeah.


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