I’m unsure why this had to be turned into an issue at this late stage of the game, but the White House recently announced that we will not be endorsing the long-delayed outcome of the highly controversial election in Afghanistan that returned Ashraf Ghani back to power for another term. We’re demanding a review of the results and more clarity on possible irregularities in the voting process. And all of this is being done just as we’re cruising through our “reduction in violence” window and heading for a possible exit from America’s longest war. (Free Beacon)
More than a week after Afghanistan announced the results of a hotly contested election that critics say was marred by corruption, the Trump administration is demanding a review of the outcome in comments likely to complicate the president’s efforts to foster a peace accord with the Taliban.
More than five months after Afghans voted, the country’s election commission announced that incumbent president Ashraf Ghani was narrowly reelected with a little more than 50 percent of the vote.
Rival politician Abdullah Abdullah immediately challenged the outcome, describing it as “national treason.”
Our diplomats are urging everyone to remain calm and not focus on “electoral politics” during this sensitive period. But that’s quite the demand to make after we basically endorsed (or at least gave a nod to) the possibility that the election was rigged. That just throws the legitimacy of Ghani’s government further into doubt and adds fuel that the Taliban can use to justify further violence.