October 21, 2004

BUSH LIED, AFGHANISTAN'S A DEMOCRACY:

U.S. reports Taliban rift over failure to sabotage Afghan elections (STEPHEN GRAHAM, 10/20/04, Associated Press)

Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has fallen out with some of his lieutenants, who blame him for the rebels' failure to disrupt the landmark Afghan presidential election, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

Election officials, meanwhile, said U.S.-backed interim President Hamid Karzai could all but seal a victory Thursday as vote counting proceeds from an Oct. 9 ballot that came off largely peacefully.

A U.S. military spokesman, Maj. Scott Nelson, said intelligence reports from Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan indicated the Taliban's failure to mount major attacks during the election had demoralized the rebels. [...]

The U.S. military, which has 18,000 soldiers hunting al-Qaida and Taliban holdouts in Afghanistan, has hailed the election as a body blow to the rebels because their threats to sabotage the vote proved hollow.

An estimated 8 million Afghans turned out to vote, and Karzai appears set to become the country's first directly leader after a quarter-century of conflict.

With half the ballots counted Wednesday, Karzai had 59.8 percent of the vote and held a 42-point lead over his nearest challenger, former Education Minister Yunus Qanooni.


Having overrun al Qaeda's training camps and the Taliban military installations we now know that they were nowhere near developing WMD and folks assure us that Osama is alive and kicking in western Pakistan. Americans and Afghans have died for no other reason than that 28 million people might live free. Don't we all feel ashamed?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2004 11:23 AM
Comments

I'm sure my head will get to hangin' any day now...

Posted by: Just John at October 21, 2004 11:50 AM

Yunus Qanooni?

Didn't Hans Conried play him in "Make Room for Daddy?"

Posted by: Rick T. at October 21, 2004 3:06 PM
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