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Afghanistan / Election Fraud / Galbraith Interview #950215

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 12, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Findings of fraud in the elections in Afghanistan featured; details given about the firing of U.N. official Peter Galbraith for accusing his boss of covering up fraud so President Hamid Karzai would win re-election & the possibility of an election runoff next spring. [U.N. special representative Kai EIDE†- says there was widespread fraud.] [Rand Corp. Christine FAIR†- says our interests are hampered by the election fraud; states the prospects for defeating the insurgency looks bleak.] [Earlier, Army Col. Michael HOWARD†- comments on the elections.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live discussion held with Galbraith about the fraud in Afghanistan. [From London, GALBRAITH - comments on the facts about the election that had been downplayed; suggests the U.N. could have done more; says Karzai is trying to deflect the blame for fraud; indicates it will be tough for Karzai to lead the country & the US has to insist on better performance from him; questions adding additional troops as per the request from US commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) The denial of Galbraith's allegations by a spokesman for Eide noted & quoted.

Couric, Katie;
Martin, David

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