Afghanistan’s recent elections? Serious or Comedy of Errors?

Read on – comedy, or comic opera – maybe Marx Brothers’ Night at the Opera comes to mind

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I really do not want to make the readers desperate – but there are lots of other shortcomings and abuses of law in this process which I did not mention in this blog. Already those described here amount to a democratic disaster. The parliament emerging out of these elections will suffer from a permanent deficit of legitimacy which will accelerate the Afghan states descent into fragility.Read more at

Taliban Leader Imposter Fleeces US/Afghan Officials

Oops! Down and down we go, in a spin. Forget body scans, how about major scams and not bothering to be very, very careful – AND AT LEAST CHECK THE PERSON IS WHO HE CLAIMS TO BE!

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Desperation is never pretty

the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war
Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.
United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor
we gave this man millions of dollars and sat him down in front of Hamid Karzai and General Petraeus and we have no idea who he is or what his intentions are.
The idea that the Taliban is eager to sit down for talks—and it has stated, quite explicitly it is not—is just more ISAF spin, trying to convince us we’re winning the war.Read more at