31 Oct Hillary Clinton’s Interesting Take on the Afghan Runoff
Clinton seems like she’s been a relatively competent Secretary of State, but her take on the news that Abdullah Abdullah will not participate in Afghanistan’s runoff election is truly priceless:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, traveling in Abu Dhabi, gave the administration’s only comment. “We see that happen in our own country where, for whatever combination of reasons, one of the candidates decides not to go forward,” she said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with the legitimacy of the election. It’s a personal choice which may or may not be made.”
Right — there is no difference between dropping out of a race to spend more time with one’s family and dropping out because the incumbent committed massive fraud and refuses to reform the system to prevent massive fraud in the future.
I realize that the Obama administration is far more interested in ensuring that Karzai remains an American ally in the War on Terror than it is in promoting democracy in Afghanistan, but couldn’t Clinton at least come up with a less patently ridiculous explanation for Abdullah’s non-participation?