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  • America Votes

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    Sunday, February 22, 2004

    June 30 Afghan vote risky for Bush 

    It isn't easy running an empire. And it doesn't necessarily win you votes. Those thoughts must be going through Karl Rove's mind as he maps out the President's political campaign for 2004.

    Both Iraq and Afghanistan could go sour just in time for the Republican convention, which begins Aug. 30.

    Iraq remains unstable, and U.S. casualties continue to mount. The United States is supposed to restore political sovereignty to Iraq by June 30 (our military will stay in place). But that date, and the method of shifting power, are under challenge by Iraqi clerics.

    Afghanistan, where the Taliban is resurgent, is set to hold its first elections for president and parliament — also on June 30.

    - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 10:24 AM



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