Tales from the Trail

Victory for Karzai, minefield for Obama?

November 2, 2009

Former President George W. Bush used to talk about the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” He was talking about education in the United States.

The First Draft: Elections East-West

November 2, 2009

Elections in the East, elections in the West.

Hot off the wire: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected.

AFGHANISTAN/Afghanistan’s election commission made the declaration after Karzai’s opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew and a run-off election was canceled. “The Independent Election Commission declares the esteemed Hamid Karzai as the president,” the commission’s chief said.

Time to get tough on Afghan fraud, start with the message

October 27, 2009

What message does it send when the U.N. representative to Afghanistan says it will be impossible to eliminate fraud in the run-off election? AFGHANISTAN-ELECTION/