Afghanistan Elections and Rethinking the War

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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has canceled plans to attend this week's UN General Assembly so he can stay home and watch over the process of counting votes from Saturday's parliamentary elections. The elections have been all but ignored in this country, but they've raised some familiar questions about the US and Afghanistan. Violence and intimidation kept turnout low, and massive fraud will taint whatever results are finally announced. What do Afghans think now of democracy? Is there any way to check the corruption of the Karzai regime, which reportedly undermines America's basic strategy and makes the Taliban stronger? Should the US change its political focus from the central government to local leaders, abandon counterinsurgency and get by with fewer troops? 

Credits

Guests:
Alissa Johannsen Rubin - New York Times - @alissanyt, Ahmad Nader Nadery - Chairman, Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, Richard Fontaine - Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security, John Arquilla - Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, Matthew Hoh - Center for International Policy - @matthewhoh

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Frances Anderton