Karzai Blames Election Investigation for Economic, Security Woes

Afghan President Still Waiting for Rubber-Stamp of His Disputed Win

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s re-election remains hotly disputed by his foes, and the election seems destined to go down in history as a case-study of fraud on the most massive scale imaginable, with UN evidence showing one in three Karzai votes were fraudulent, but the incumbent is sick of this whole investigation thing and really wants to just move on.

A statement from Karzai’s office incredibly enough attempted to blame the high level of violence and difficulty in attracting foreign investment on the investigation, not the eight year long war, and told those responsible for the investigation “to speed up and finish the election process.”

The ever-mounting evidence of fraud in the election received another boost today when it was revealed by recently ousted UN official Peter Galbraith that he was ordered repeatedly to cover up evidence of Karzai’s fraud, leading to a falling out with top UN official Kai Eide who gave the orders.

The whole question of investigations appears to be moot at this point anyhow, as the Obama Administration and the rest of NATO have reportedly already decided that Karzai will remain in office for another term no matter what the probes might reveal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.