Jimmy Carter: ‘Hamid Karzai Has Stolen the Election’

New America Media, New Report, Aaron Glantz Posted: Sep 15, 2009

Editor's Note: Former President Jimmy Carter called the election in Afghanistan "despicable," and that President Obama should not be sending more troops to that country.

ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter, who has monitored elections in countries across the globe, called the elections in Afghanistan “despicable” Tuesday.

“Hamid Karzai has stolen the election,” the former president told a small group of donors to his Carter Center in Atlanta. “Now the question is whether he gets away with it.”

Official counts have given the Afghan president, who was installed after a U.S.-lead coalition toppled the Taliban in 2001, 54 percent of the vote. His main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, alleged fraud and a recount is currently underway.

Carter said that the election reminded him of past fraudulent elections he had seen, where only 20 percent of people in a particular precinct were recorded as voting -- with 100 percent of the vote in that precinct going to a particular candidate.

“This is something which President Obama is struggling with,” Carter said.

Carter’s comments came as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, said the U.S. military would need to send more troops to Afghanistan to battle the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

"A properly resourced counter-insurgency probably means more forces and without question, more time and more commitment to the protection of the Afghan people and to the development of good governance," Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Obama has already sent tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan than his predecessor, George W. Bush.

In his comments Tuesday, former President Carter strongly disagreed with the policy.

“Americans have turned against the war in Afghanistan,” Carter said. “Every time we launch one of our unmanned drones from Kansas and kill 100 people, we make 100,000 new enemies.”

Rather than increasing the number of troops in Aghanistan, Carter said, “I would negotiate with locals.”

Speaking about the decline of violence in U.S.-occupied in Iraq, Carter argued it wasn’t the surge of American troops that had caused an increase in calm, but General David Petraeus’ willingness to “pay bribes and pay Iraqi soldiers.”

The same strategy, he said, could also be used in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, American and other coalition troops continue to die at an escalating rate in Afghanistan. An improvised bomb attack killed two U.S. service members Monday in southern Afghanistan where U.S. and NATO troops have stepped up their operations in recent months, NATO said.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, as of Thursday morning at least 746 members of the U.S. military had died in the Afghan war since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.

NAM editor Aaron Glantz is a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism at the Carter Center, and author of "The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans" (UC Press).

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nader paul kucinich gravel on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:02:11 said:

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Khushal Arsala on Sep 15, 2009 at 18:50:10 said:

It doesn't matter if its Karzai or Abdullah Abdullah the new head of state because the problems of our country are behind any individual afghan's capacity or ability to solve. If we realistically and unbaisly observe the credit of our problems does not go to that one person, Mr.Karzai but the honor can go to many others that includes international community too. (1)Lack of unity of effort and strategy,(2) failed aid system with multiple layers of sub-contracting and wastage of funds through waste salaries and other useless expenditures(as the author also pointed UN's wastage of such funds but it’s not just UN to be blamed but it starts with Bandit Highway chain of corporations in DC) and most importantly (3) the civilian causality that disenfranchises and provoke Afghan collective sense of revenge, resentment and envoy not only against international coalition partners but also Afghan government. In regards to warlords I would suggest to the author to read the books of Ahmad Rashid’s, “Descent Into Chaos," Gary Shroen's, "First In," and Sonali Kolhatkar's,"Bleeding Afghanistan," and Mahmud Mamdani's,"Good Muslim, Bad Muslim," and you will understand decades old relation from Afghan national uprising against Soviets till the over throw of Taliban with the help of Northern Alliance and Dostum's to Gul Agha Sherzai when President Obama met him in Jalalabad under the pretext of our type of the warlord. President Ronald Reagan is quoted as mentioning the visiting the Mujahedeen and Freedom fighters of than and the warlords of today as the moral equal of the founding fathers of this great nation. Millions have been paid to Gen. Fahim, Abdullah Abdullah, and Prof. Sayaf according to the former CIA agent Gary Shroen's claims in his book the "First In," in the struggle against Taliban and even different special groups were assigned with each of these individuals during the war against terror just days after the tragic events of 9/11. So, therefore, every side have its own shortcomings and mistakes and the credit of the failure and successes of this new process goes to all not just Karzai. Both sides, they have to stop the unhelpful "Blame game," for whatever reasons and every side should admit their mistakes and try to honestly and sincerely fix their mistakes. Both sides should understand that the failure of one is the failure of other because for Afghan population the performance of Afghan government and International community is the one and same.




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