What you need to know about the Afghan elections
September 16th, 2010
07:24 AM ET

What you need to know about the Afghan elections

Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections Saturday for only the second time since the Taliban were ousted from power. At stake are all 249 seats in the Wolesi Jirga. Who's running for office, how does the process work and what does it mean for the U.S. and other coalition forces there? Here's what you need to know:

WHAT IS THE WOLESI JIRGA?
The Wolesi Jirga, or “House of the People,” is the lower house of Afghanistan’s bicameral legislature. The upper house is the Meshrano Jirga, or “House of the Elders.”

The Wolesi Jirga is the only house in Afghanistan where all members are elected directly by Afghans. Like the U.S. House of Representatives, its seats are allocated by population. The provinces with the most people have the most representation.

WHAT ROLE DOES IT PLAY IN AFGHANISTAN’S GOVERNMENT?
All proposed legislation must start in the Wolesi Jirga. From there, it goes on to the Meshrano Jirga and then to the president.

The Wolesi Jirga, however, has the power to override both the Meshrano Jirga and the president with a two-thirds majority.

The Wolesi Jirga also provides other checks and balances within Afghanistan’s democracy. For example, the president’s Cabinet has to be approved by the Wolesi Jirga, as does the Supreme Court and the head of the country’s central bank.

WHO IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE?
More than 2,500 candidates are running for the 249 seats that make up the Wolesi Jirga. About 400 of the candidates are female, vying for the 68 seats that women are guaranteed in the country’s constitution.

“A huge majority of the candidates are running independently,” says Abbas Daiyar, who writes the blog Kabul Perspective and is a guest blogger for CNN's Afghanistan Crossroads. “Party election culture is not common in Afghanistan. … Unlike the U.S., where candidates receive private financing through fundraising for campaign expenditures, in Afghanistan most of the candidates are on their own.”

HOW WILL SATURDAY’S ELECTIONS WORK?
Registered voters will cast a ballot for just one of the candidates in their home province (or from a group of national candidates if they’re part of the nomadic Kuchi tribe).

Seats will be allocated depending on province. For example, Kabul province has been allocated 33 seats, nine of which are reserved for women. That means that the top nine female vote-getters will be awarded a seat. After that, the top 24 men will round out Kabul’s representation.

A majority is not necessary to win a seat in the Wolesi Jirga. In fact, with so many candidates running, it’s not uncommon for someone to win a seat with less than 1 percent of the popular vote.

Those elected will serve a five-year term.

WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS?
The threat of election-day violence looms. Already, at least three candidates and 13 of their supporters have been killed by insurgents. And the Taliban have said they will target polling stations. (More: Deaths highlight threat of violence-marred election)

There is also concern about corruption after last year’s presidential election. The U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission invalidated nearly one-third of President Hamid Karzai's votes last year because of "clear and convincing evidence of fraud.”

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Strong voter turnout and a fair election process would speak volumes about the stability of the fledgling government. But the opposite could damage the government’s legitimacy and give momentum to the Taliban and other groups who want to see democracy fail in the country.

Violent attacks could also set back the government if it discourages Afghans from participating in future elections.

One thing is clear: The longer it takes to establish an effective government in Afghanistan, the more difficult it becomes for the U.S.-led coalition to withdrawal its troops from the country. Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the drawdown of troops would be “gradual and conditions-based,” just like in Iraq.

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    January 11, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bailoutsos

    Wow. In Vernon, CA everyone was told how to vote. So why are Americas in Iraq and Afghanistan dying to give them the right to vote and some cannot do that in America? Democracy at work.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Hopefully this election will turn out better than the last one did!!!

    September 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FoughtInAfghanistan

    -Afghanistan 40% turnout in a time of war, rocket, threat letters, kidnappings and ISI sponsored terrorism/voting cards, etc
    -Average turnout in American elections= 58%

    Pakistan is tried to prevent the election by sending their little proxies to destroy the future of Afghans, plus ISI printed Afghan voting cards with full knowledge of US....And the US gov't is trying to poke holes to discredit the Afghan gov't, so we can create a civil and/or run Afghanistan using our Proxies..What a shame for democracy, the values we say we want to bring are being destroyed by our policies...No American believes Afghans are being killed and starved for Afghan women rights and progress...we did not rebuild Afghanistan, we are helping the evil Pakistan army destroy a future for Afghanistan...Leave Afghan affair to Afghans, and Afghanistan to Afghans....western sincerity and honesty will deny terrorism to hide in Afghanistan, win the hearts of mind of America without an imperialist mindset and denounce(not reward) others from interfering in Afghanistan. An AFGHAN life is not less or more than an life of an American, we need to prove this to Afghans(who did not attack America nor do they have the desire to)

    September 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stinkybooty

    USA= A country of idealistic imbiciles that cannot get out of its collective psyche to let other counties have their own way...if they are crooked countries...leave the the hell alone...US needs to worry about its own and stop fuking around in other countires...we did not bother to go after the right people when they attacked us on US soil, and are continuing that mistake by not keeping our fingers out of everyone else's stinky buttholes!!!

    September 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SSG

    Under a threat of Death these people here in Afghanistan voted yesterday. I admire everyone of them. The turn out may have been low but they had a turn out thanks to the determination of American Soldiers that they have that right. i also bet that the turn out is close to or greater than what the turn out of voters will be in the up comming election in the United States.

    That is why I admire so many Afghans and wonder about my most of my fellow Americans.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. sparky1948

    This is more a case of one corrupt regime being replaced with another of our choice. But hey, as a preference to having my nose cut off for the least infraction this one has its merits.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kulashaker

    What are the basics? India is the enemy. Afghanistan is your playground. And the American superpower must be milked, bilked, just the right amount, taking care to do just enough of what it asks — a modern-day, statist version of Goldilocks.

    Those pretty much are the central tenets of Pakistan’s foreign policy over much of its history, and, if you think about it, there’s little reason to believe Kayani may be reaching for a new playbook at this late stage.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shouldn't have guaranteed women seats

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news with this reality check, but Afghanistan is not a culture where guaranteed seats for women will go over well with a majority of the population. Doing that probably de-legitimizes the government in the eyes of the majority, and that does not help the mission.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kalvin

    Has any of the previous commenters taken an American History class while in jr. High school? Afghanistan is a fledgling country just as our colonies were at 20 years before and after 1776, before we officially became the United States...colonies of England that became their own Country or as defined then,a State,...Of America. We might have ended up with a different form of government,ie.a Parliament, if we had let England have a say even with considering we spilled their...and our...blood,utilizing our minutemen*al quida?*and militias *provintial tribes?* to oust them out of our land,Capital...New York city...and off our shores,and gave them no choice but to go back to England so we wouldnt be interferred with by them. our Continental Congress was made up by the wealthiest landowners who could afford to be away from home...the provincial head tribesman in Afghanistan?...and after we replaced the English backed Governors,Tories/Taliban.We cannot expect them to be where the US is today,but where we started.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Why the Taliban?

    The Taliban may not have been directly involved in 9/11 but their leader, Mullah Omar, is super tight with Usama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. If the Taliban were to come back into power, Afghanistan would begin cultivating terrorism again, supporting al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations who really really hate the US and our allies. They hate us because they see our presence in their holy land (ummah) as unjustified and sinful and because of our support for Israel in their conflict with the Palestinians.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SuperJC

    My 2nd a half brain knows - some election better than no election, also has a second thought for different thinking.
    And the first a half brain has done the jobs.. Vietnam war... Iraq war... huge screw up.

    Afghans will toward a better position than yesterday... last year.. 2001. Otherwise, the war will continue?

    September 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. robidybob

    What is the west doing there ?? the Teliban has never launched an attack against US forces or intrests out side Afganistan , so the logic would be remove the troops , as for Al quida there is an estimated 100 operatives in Afganistan and 300 in Pakistan , the US has 130000 troops in Afganistan spending 130 billion , 1 million per soldier do the maths and you have to realise the madness of this mission.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. good fellow

    The media would like you to think this election pertains to you and effects the average US citizen – it does not.
    Afghanistan can have all of the elections it wants to but will still remain the toilet of the world. Government in this dirty country hasn't changed for thousands of years – it remains and always will remain archaic

    September 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. james s roberts

    America's economic tsunami is on the horizon. Keep looking to the East, and pray

    September 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Norm

    Maybe if this election works out, they can explain the concept to Iraq.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Gannon_1

    When you can't get over 65% of the American population interested in thier own elections, what makes you think they will give a rats behind about this election?

    September 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rafael

    We don't need to know that, we were not even supposed to be there in THEIR country in first place, those people live as barbarians for thousands of years, now just because they have a lot of natural gas, we taxpayers and Americans need to secure American private companies investments there...
    Secure their people while they burn our flag, spit on our troops and one white trash redneck burn a book you guys from CNN make a lot noise about it,
    Why don't go ask our President about kids that are getting killed protecting their people instead of asking about a book that you never read

    September 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. The_Mick

    No matter what happens in these elections, it won't make Karzai any less corrupt and his government will be gone when we go.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. meh

    Who ever wins this is going to get assasinated anyhow...

    September 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Arsio

    I so agree John. Anyone with a half brain know that these elections are manipulated by CIA. I find it funny that 80% of us Americans believe anything our government tell us.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. t+ny kahn

    from last 500 years all white man is doing,is killing, slavig and grabing the land and resources.killed indian and took land in north america.killed afrcans and slaved them for 400 years.killed 6 million in veitnam for no reason.killed 3000 american to get a good reseon to occupy oil rich countries like iraq.killed million in iraq for oil(again for no reason )

    September 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Spoken like a true dark person with no clue about America being a melting pot of all colors.
      Your little universe must be really sad. Ask God to save you....or maybe you think God is white too?

      September 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrison

      Middle eastern countries have been at war with each other for the past thousand years. Africans and Muslims participated in slave trade as well. Northern Vietnam massacred South Vietnam. North Koreans massacred South Koreans and the Chinese have let millions of their own people starve to death as well as North Korea. Genocide in Africa between Africans is responsible for millions of deaths. As always America is still the most evil nation on the planet of course. Cambodian genocide responsible for 3 million deaths, Rwandan genocide responsible for 1 million deaths the list goes on and on, so get your facts straight before you blame everything on the white man. You must think we are superior?

      September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ari

    I wish America would break the habit of invading the wrong countries. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and no wmds. Afghanistan just 100 al-qaida training there and none of them are Afghans (most Saudi) . Taliban the majority Pakistani. So there has to be an agenda. There is no way the U.S. is THAT dumb to invade the wrong countries.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I would rather see our troops going to visit Chavez or Armadinnerjacket.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ken

    Does anybody over even know how to smile, geeze?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I noticed that too, but then I guess these people don't have much to smile about.
      They look pretty scared in most of the posters.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LATIN LOVER

    "Democracy" a la USA: Pillage, Genocide,Puppet regime.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Yeah yeah....we know you're all jealous of Americans and the awesome life we have here.
      Go back to your cave and beat your wife in the name of your religion.
      We don't care what you think of us.....at all.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Will

    Well patrick, what do you think should be done? As a democracy is made by people sharing ideas. I'm sure everyone dying to know you're opinion. " =) "

    September 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  27. AmericaFirst

    That part of the world has been fighting for generations. They will not stop just because we (or anyone else) ask.
    Bring our troops home and let them sort it out...get out of the middle east too, and they will leave us be. Unless, of course, they WANT to be a glass parking lot.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. isabela

    your gay

    September 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • imbecile

      My gay what?

      September 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Norm

        She doesn't even know how to spell her own name.
        Cut her some slack.....

        September 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. isabela

    hey

    September 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. PATRICK

    YOUR ALL RACIST ANYWAY

    September 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I might drive a little fast once in a while, but racing? Naww...

      September 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. isabela

    how not cool

    September 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ihateblackpeople

    i hate black people

    September 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • May

      Hate is a strong emotion. Why would you hate someone just because the color of their skin is different from yours? People are people, there are good and bad in all nationalities, races and religions.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret WILMOT

      im soo sorry to hear that because im black and i feel that you only hate black people because your insecure and ugly :]

      September 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • bob2561

        nah Margaret,the kid has diaper rash.

        September 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I wonder if anyone thought your post was inappropriate and flagged it for moderation..

      September 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  33. May

    It's preposterous, the fat men in suits while the women go around completely covered from head to toe. Why? So that no one can see the abuse? So that no one can see the bruises? So that no one can see the black eyes?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. PATRICK

    EXACTLY, WIPE THOSE MORONS OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND PROBLEM SOLVED! SPOEKN LIKE A TRUE IGNORANT AMERICAN IDIOT =)

    September 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Gee whiz Patrick...calm down. Stop yelling.
      Is the towel around your head wrapped too tight or did you forget to
      dump the sand out of your underwear this morning?
      We all get it. You hate Americans. Nobody cares.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob2561

      Patrick, do the whole nine yards; tell me I'm just just a dumba$$ redneck from Alabama.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Rick McDaniel

    Nothing will matter, until the Taliban have been totally eliminated from the face of the planet. There can be no peace until that happens.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Rick,your ignorance is beyond belief or are you Gary Johndro in disguise trying to be funny? I'd like to know which it is.

      September 16, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. PATRICK

    I THINK YOU GUYS ARE ALL STUPID LIKE WHO GIVES A DAMN?? YOU GUYS ARE ALL NERDS AND COWARDLESS FOR USING THIS STUPID POST AS YOUR "WAY OF FIXING THINGS".... NERDS

    September 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Yes...we are all stupid and "COWARDLESS"....lol..
      Put the bong down and go back to bed.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob2561

      hey Patrick; are you screaming that nerds are not cowards? enlighten me.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jerry

    JUST GOT BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN A WEEK AGO....The Pakistan ISI is flooding Afghanistan with fake voting cards, the US is aware of this but is ignoring such a threat to democracy. The US gov't of sending in technology such as fingerprint and facial recognition but sadly we are part of the problem, meddling in Afghan affairs..in order to weaken the democratically elected Gov't of Afghanistan we are accepting others interfering in Afghanistan and looking for ways to discredit the Afghan gov't...so our gov;t via Pakistan can run Afghanistan...Let Afghan development without our interference, we will win their hearts and minds with non-interference and objecting on an international level against anyone else interfering...Afghanistan belongs to afghans, NON_INTERFERENCE in internal and external affairs of Afghanistan is the solution.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. aroth

    What you need to know about the Afghan elections: Nothing, since you (in all probability) don't live in Afghanistan and do not have Afghan citizenship. Let them have their nation, and do what they will with it. It's really none of our business. We have enough issues to deal with right here, on our side of the planet.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leroy

      Very well put, thank you.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Llad

    Another corrupt election coming up for a corrupt Afghan government. Shades of Vietnam. When will we ever learn?

    September 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. skytech5

    If Islam is so toleran,loveing and peacful. Why dont Iman and the muslims of all countrys hold protest agance these type violent Islam militants.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Actually, there are several Imams who have issued fatwas against terrorism and terrorist acts. Unfortunately, the terrorist element doesn't really listen to them since their leaders issue their own fatwas saying the exact opposite (often without the religious credentials to do so).

      September 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ari

      you said Iman like pastor jones. first of all we live in America and think freedom of speech is practiced everywhere. Well it's not. Once an Imam or anybody speaks against these violent people, their daughter, wife, and relatives get their heads chopped off. Not everyone carries a gun there to protect themselves.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Mike Sterling

    I'm interested in how they decide which seats are mandated to have women. If a man wins the election, but there are not enough women, does he in turn lose his rightful seat? How do they determine which men who won the election get bumped to meet the minimum requirement of women? Once in office, how are these women guaranteed a voice that will be listened to in a very paternalistic society?

    September 16, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Do you mean patriarchal? I don't understand what you mean by paternal.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Stephen Real

    ISAF and the greater West in general
    should launch a serious press of Hamid Karzai
    a coordinated guiding hand to do the right thing.

    He's a "prisoner of the last man he has talk too"
    as described by young US Officer I read in one report and
    this cat was no dummy.
    It makes me think
    we have to groom Hamid Karzai in one big serious
    conscious effort by ISAF contributors.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  43. Mike

    Not to be a snob here, but the term for the people of Afghanistan is Afghans, not Afghanis. Afghanis is the currency. Kind of kills your credibility a little when you have that wrong ...

    September 16, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  44. Riza Afghan

    I don't think Rome or USA was made in 1 day😉

    It takes time to rebuild Afghanistan, google how Afghanistan looked like 9 years ago and right now, you will see the progress.

    You can't rebuild a destroyed country like Rome in 1-2 month. chill dudes, everything will be already😉

    September 16, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      What are you,some kind of Quisling or Benedict Arnold for Afghanistan? I don't think much of anybody who apologizes for NATO and it's aggressive policy in Central Asia.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        hahaha, you are just an idiot and i don't argue with stupids and idiots like you.
        Go play with your cows, cow boy.

        P.S: No need to be emotional like Pakistani Muslims, chill dude.

        September 16, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        What are YOU, "John", some kind of Paki terrorist supporter? If you want the Taliban to win so badly, why don't you pick up a weapon and go join them instead of anonymously ranting from your parents' basement against NATO and the CIA on message boards. Oh, that's right–you're too much of a coward to put your convictions to the test.

        September 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustMeChris

      There is a country that has ungovernable tribal lands. It experiences sectarian violence. And it doesn't allow it's women to vote. It's the USA- 1836. Progress takes time, and we have to be patient in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. We can't expect them to do in a few years what has taken us a few hundred to do.

      Afghan is right. Rome wasn't built in a day.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marv

        Well said, both Afghan and Chris.

        September 17, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  45. John

    Anybody with half a brain knows that these elections are manipulated by the C.I.A. Does anyone seriously believe that anybody who's not pro-NATO will be allowed to win here?The winners will all be pro-NATO collaborators.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • oneStarman

      ELECTION MANIPULATION occurs in many places including the USA. After the 2000 election – when exit polls in at least two states did not match election results Jimmy Carter was quoted as saying "When my organization monitors elections around the world how we determine if there has been election fraud is by comparing exit polls to the official count" and of course there is the Supreme court that decides election results and declares corporations citizens free to buy US Elections.

      September 16, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
      • GoreLostGetOverIt

        Still stinging from something that happened 10 years ago, huh? I guess that's why your party is in such disarray today. The only thing they've had to cling to was their hatred for Bush. Now that he's gone, you have nothing to offer.

        BTW, there was a single count that ever had Gore in the lead in Florida–despite the illegal counting done after the official certification date and mandated by the democrat-controlled Florida Supreme Court; despite only recounting four heavily democratic counties in southern Florida; despite the arbitrary and inconsistent methods used by democrats in charge of the recounting like counting "hanging chads", "dimples" and "voter intent" as a vote for Gore; despite Gore suing to prevent military absentee votes from being counted. Not one count had Gore ahead. Ever. Not the official count, not the illegal one, not the ones done by the media afterward. NOT ONE.

        Face it–you lost. Get over it and moveon.org.

        September 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • BushFailed

        GoreLost, what are you talking about? Why are you even bringing the subject of Gore and the elections into this?

        September 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wha??

        GoreLostGetOverIt, Your crazy dude.
        Your facts are backwards, actually every count done afterwards leaned towards Gore being the winner, even the counts they did long after the fact. It was Bush's friends and his Family (they ran Florida at the time, his party members and his brother Jeb being Governor) they were the ones being caught time and again minipulating the "chads" to Bush's favour... not Gore's. Bush stole that election, and then stole the whitehouse to curse you guys for years after. Lastly, I'm Canadian, I am not interested in defending Dem's or Rep's and do not care either way.
        Just like most of the rest of the world though, we would all never trust an American election even before that.... and certainly not after 2000. You basically allowed an unelected fool to take the whitehouse....

        September 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Half a brain, huh? Nah, it couldn't be the average Afghan doesn't want to be subjugated by the evil Taliban regime again. That makes too much sense.

      And if the CIA was all-powerful in Afghanistan, why does the Taliban pose a threat? Riddle me that, Mr. Conspiracy Theorist!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Robrob

        That's the problem with conspiracy theories, they always seem to require superhuman operators and futuristic technology while normal people know none of that exists.

        September 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Why is America so set on fighting the Tailban? I thought America was after al Queada teorrists? Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • JustMeChris

        The Taliban, Muslim extremists, allowed Al Quaeda free reign to train and ultimately plan and carry out the 9/11 attacks. The US wants to overthrow the Taliban to eliminate the situation in Afghanistan that occured pre-9/11.

        September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ari

      I guess people are missing half a brain or it's too much hard work to know the elections are fraud.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        all elections are fraud even our own, just look at the last 4 presidents and tell me otherwise.

        September 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arsio

      I so agree with you John..... It's amazing to me how the Afghan and Iraqi goverment is fully controlled by our government and we refuse to believe it.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        tell me why we shouldn't.......

        September 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        we should be doing it above board however. We should say, we are the ones who make the rules, don't like it then tough. We spent the money and they owe us.

        September 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      "Afghanistan has been the graveyard and battlefield of empires for centuries." - Get all troops out and let them deal with their problems.

      September 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • SSG

        I sugget you read some of Dr. Brian Guy Williams books and find out the truth about Afghanistan you will be suprised how wrong that you are.

        September 19, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • SSG

      Tell me John how do you get to be so stupid? I' mover here the CIA has very little involement anymore. As a member of the Intell Community it amazes me how big of fools so many of you people outside of the Community are.

      September 19, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Wow. In Vernon, CA residents are told how to vote. So why are Americas in Iraq and Afghanistan dying to give them the right to vote and some cannot do that in America? Democracy at work.

      September 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |