Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Disaster in Afghanistan

Altogether 24 candidates were disqualified from parliament because the Independent Electoral Commission found them guilty of fraud.


Among the candidates disqualified was a cousin of president Hamid Karzai.


The NYT reports that, in petty retaliation for the disqualifications, Karzai’s attorney general, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, is threatening two officials on the country’s two electoral commissions with prosecution for defaming the nation.


Meanwhile, a new Pentagon study submitted to Congress reports that “combat incidents [are] up 300 percent since since 2007 and 70 percent since last year…” The Pentagon propagandistically called this massive increase in violence “slow progress” and the MSM dutifully put the stupid phrase in their headlines. The report also admits that even in the face of a huge American build-up of troops, the Taliban have retrained their command and control and remain effective fighters.

  Juan Cole

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