"Abdullah Abdullah has decided he will not face Hamid Karzai in a reelection re-vote this week because, by his lights, it will be as corrupt an election as took place this summer. This morning, the New York Times reports that: “Advisers to President Obama called Mr. Abdullah’s decision a personal choice that would not greatly affect American policy and was in line with the Afghan Constitution. They portrayed the election of Mr. Karzai as essentially settled enough that Mr. Obama could move forward with deciding whether to send as many as 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, with an announcement that probably remains at least three weeks away.”
What weeks ago was so urgent that a new election had to take place is now, as commentator Seth Leibson points out, "settled enough" to move forward.
Does anyone in this White House have a clue?
Read it all here.
More here: our Afghan policy is now "low farce."