— What is the first step on the road to recovery if you are an addict: first admit you have a problem or something like that? Well, Afghan pres. Karzai is at least acknowledging there was SOME fraud in the election there but he also said the results were fair. Well, ok then!
The New York Times has a good profile of the role VP Biden is playing in this debate; it includes its share of criticism of Biden.
The question of whether corruption will derail the efforts of any increased number of troops in Afghanistan is being debated in the White House. "On Tuesday, one U.S. military official said discussions within the Obama administration are ongoing about whether it is even possible to "surge" enough troops to overcome the corruption and how crucial a legitimate government in Afghanistan is to the overall war strategy."