Reich in Afghanistan: “Elections Were a Joke”

21.08.09

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by DAVID AXE

“I’m dictating this message over the phone. I’m not in a place with any Internet access at all.”

So began War Is Boring correspondent Jason Reich’s message from Afghanistan. He was writing to get the news out, that despite NATO’s assertion that the election was “encouraging,” and Kabul’s claim that they represented a clear “success,” in Nerkh, where Reich accompanied U.S. troops providing broad election security, the vote was “a joke.” “My sources tell me that two people voted and there is very, very heavy fighting,” Jason wrote.

Expect more details once Jason has Internet access.

(Photo: Jason Reich)

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Security and Governance in Wardak
World Politics Review: In Afghanistan, Itching for a Fight that Never Comes
Wardak, Afghanistan, in Photos
Welcome to Bagram Airfield City

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5 Responses to “Reich in Afghanistan: “Elections Were a Joke””

  1. Robert Sastro says:

    Thanks for the fresh perspective … what you do is important … I placed your link on my facebook … & hope they get better educated that way … good luck and let me know if anyway I can help (from DC area.)

  2. Starbuck says:

    I can’t remember where I got this link (might have gotten it from right here at WiB), but it is worth examining–even Britney Spears voted in the Afghan election.

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