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    Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    President Hamid Karzai's rival in the second round of the Afghan presidential election has announced in Kabul that he is withdrawing from the poll.

    "I will not participate in the election," Dr Abdullah told supporters, saying his demands for ensuring a fraud-free election had not been met.

    But he stopped short of calling for a boycott of next Saturday's vote.

    Mr Karzai had rejected his demand that election officials who presided over the first round should be dismissed.

    President Karzai's spokesman Waheed Omar said the withdrawal was "very unfortunate", but the election should go ahead as planned.

    Earlier, the US said a pull-out would not invalidate the vote's legitimacy.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in the United Arab Emirates: "We see that happen in our own country where, for whatever combination of reasons, one of the candidates decides not to go forward."
    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote
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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    afghanistan is KILLING this president

    and it's gonna get a LOT worse

    sorry

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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    afghanistan is KILLING this president

    and it's gonna get a LOT worse

    sorry
    I do see how this article is evidence of that, Prof. Care to explain your thinking?

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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    this morning, cspan's washington journal (open phone lines) cites the ny times reporting the administration is "downplaying" this development

    after obama and john kerry made such a big deal about this runoff, the results of which would go far in determining the president's ultimate decision, so indecisively and tortuously arrived at

    and all in public

    the white house can't even keep its story straight for successive days

    more vacillating than smiling jimmy carter

    a viewer's twitter sums up the admin's dilemna in two words: what next?

    rank amateurs are running our government

    sorry
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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I do see how this article is evidence of that, Prof. Care to explain your thinking?
    obama is STUCK in afghanistan

    afghanistan is a total mess

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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    obama is STUCK in afghanistan

    afghanistan is a total mess
    I'll await his decision. I think he is wise to take his time and coordinate with events.

    On the one hand, I feel we should get out. Not because of perceived shortcomings in Obama's leadership, although it has started to be a concern, but because the Taliban have sanctuaries in Pakistan that we can't get to and the Pakistanis aren't going after. We can't win a COIN operation with undisturbed sanctuaries.

    On the other hand, leaving would leave Kabul and AFG open to the Taliban to retake and establish their form of government which would undoubtably invite Al Qaeda back. Then Pakistan would be under even more of a threat, and we can't have a nuclear power fall into the hands of the likes of Al Qaeda. So, there are important reasons to stay.

    This news is actually good as we won't have another round of accusations of voter fraud and the like. It probably helps Obama reach a decision.

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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    afghanistan is a total mess
    Indeed. Corruption is everywhere and extends to the highest levels of government. The Karzai government has intimate connections with the regional warlords involved in poppy cultivation and heroin trafficking.

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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Indeed. Corruption is everywhere and extends to the highest levels of government. The Karzai government has intimate connections with the regional warlords involved in poppy cultivation and heroin trafficking.
    This is also true, of course.

    What would you do, if you were Obama, and your top COIN general was asking for 40,000 addl troops?

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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Frankly, after what the liberals did for 8 years, I hope Obama's presidency is totally destroyed. The libs need to get what they give. And it will be by their own doing. Their liberal/socialist policies are bad for this country or any country. They are going to be stupid in Afghanistan just as they are here.
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    Re: Abdullah pulls out of Afghan vote

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    What would you do, if you were Obama, and your top COIN general was asking for 40,000 addl troops?
    It would behoove Obama not to do things ass-backwards. The strategic horse should always pull the tactical cart.

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