Afghanistan Presidential Election 2009

As the dust settles from Afghanistan's election, President Hamid Karzai's emergence as the victor by default cements the central dilemma facing President Obama as he decides whether to escalate the U.S. involvement in the war there.
In Kabul, a collective sigh of relief: With Karzai declared winner, many hope political tension is over (Post, November 3, 2009)
Afghan election commission declares Karzai winner (Post, November 2, 2009; 12:09 PM)
Status of Afghan runoff unclear as Karzai's chief rival withdraws: Abdullah says he fears more election fraud, but warns supporters against violence (Post, November 2, 2009)
All those Afghans, give or take a few million (By Al Kamen, November 2, 2009)
Challenger poised to quit race: U.S. PLAYS DOWN SIGNIFICANCE
Clinton says departure won't affect vote's legitimacy
(Post, November 1, 2009)
As Kabul awaits runoff, 'everything has stopped': Uncertainty slows economy, puts plans and dreams on hold (Post, November 1, 2009)
Afghan panel overrides warnings: Officials to open more polling stations than experts think is safe (Post, October 30, 2009)
Obama seeks study on local Afghan leaders for troop decision: Afghan provinces to be analyzed Details should help president determine need (Post, October 29, 2009; 8:23 AM)
Obama seeks study on local leaders for troop decision: AFGHAN PROVINCES TO BE ANALYZED
Details should help president determine need
(Post, October 29, 2009)
5 U.N. staffers killed in Kabul: TALIBAN SEEKS TO HINDER VOTE
Aid community reeling over brazen attack
(Post, October 29, 2009)
Obama the incrementalist (By Howard Kurtz, October 28, 2009; 9:35 AM)
Going public (By Howard Kurtz, October 27, 2009; 9:58 AM)
U.S. official resigns over Afghan war: Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting (Post, October 27, 2009)
14 Americans killed in two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan: President Karzai rebuffs challenger on conditions for holding runoff (Post, October 27, 2009)
Karzai: Top election official will keep job (Post, October 26, 2009; 12:31 PM)
Karzai holds head high as nation turns to runoff: Afghan president has made his peace -- and expects to win (Post, October 26, 2009)
Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott: Abdullah wants a purge of pro-Karzai members of election commission (Post, October 26, 2009)
Karzai rules out sharing power: TALIBAN MAKES THREATS Fraud fears linger over disputed election (Post, October 25, 2009)
Armchair Quarterbacks (By Howard Kurtz, October 23, 2009; 10:15 AM)
For Kerry, a growing role on foreign policy stage: Senator shrugs off 2004 loss to wade into global crises (Post, October 23, 2009)
Donors and cronies still get the choice postings (By Al Kamen, October 23, 2009)
Afghan president's leading rival agrees to runoff: Nov. 7 vote still faces obstacles, including possibility of violence (Post, October 22, 2009)
Karzai voiced doubts about runoff until last moment (Post, October 21, 2009)
U.S. deeply split on troop increase for Afghan war: LESS SUPPORT FOR OBAMA
Majority says nation lacks clear strategy
(Post, October 21, 2009)
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