Sacked envoy Peter Galbraith accuses UN of ‘cover-up’ on Afghan vote fraud


James Bone   The Times    Oct. 1, 2009

The top American in the UN mission in Afghanistan was fired yesterday after refusing to take part in what he called “a cover-up” of fraud in the Afghan election.

Peter Galbraith, the son of the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith, left the country abruptly last month after a clash with his Norwegian boss, Kai Eide.

……”I think it’s astonishing that the United Nations would dismiss an official because he was concerned about fraud in a UN-funded and UN-supported election,” Mr Galbraith told The Times yesterday from his farmhouse in Vermont.

“I want to emphasise that my position was not for or against any candidate. It was simply that the votes should be honestly counted.

“I was not prepared to be complicit in a cover-up or in an effort to downplay the fraud that took place. I felt we had to face squarely the fraud that took place. Kai downplayed the fraud.”

The row between Mr Galbraith and Mr Eide goes to the core of international strategy in Afghanistan and has split the UN mission there. Sources said five members of the UN mission in Afghanistan had offered their resignation in support of Mr Galbraith

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3 responses to “Sacked envoy Peter Galbraith accuses UN of ‘cover-up’ on Afghan vote fraud

  1. elections are always fraudulent, and I imagine this is especially so in a land where three different centers of power are jockeying for control of the heroin trade.

    but it is pretty shocking to watch the UN so heavily invested in info suppression about what many assumed would occur that it actually fired a US official who blew the whistle.

    it’s even more shocking that the official was from the US – that nation that forced computerized voting on us.

  2. Chris Floyd writes:

    The Obama Adminstration has fired a top US diplomat at the UN for the heinous crime of insisting that the manifest and widespread fraud in the recent Afghan elections be vigorously investigated.

    Peter Galbraith — the deputy UN special envoy for electoral matters — was technically fired by the United Nations, specifically by UN Secretary General Bai ki-Moon. But as the Guardian points out, “the recall of Galbraith would have required the agreement of the Obama administration.”
    But deep in the Guardian story comes the real money shot:

    “The exit of Galbraith would appear to further reduce Obama’s scope for manoeuvre in Afghanistan at a time when he is facing calls from his military commander, General Stanley McChrystal, for up to 40,000 more soldiers.”

    One by one, the White House and Pentagon — whatever their internal disputes, if any — are closing the doors on any option other than a disastrous and literally murderous escalation of some kind on the “Af-Pak” front. We noted here a few days ago the machinations of the militarists to ensure that the civilian government remains firmly on board the war wagon. Today’s action by the White House — its clear acquiescence in the very public decapitation of a U.S. official pushing for the truth about the puppet regime in Kabul — was entirely the free choice of the civilian government, and dovetails exactly with the militarist agenda.

    So despite all the recent hand-wringing amongst the Establishmentry about “conflicts” between the military and civilian sides of the government, it looks like the White House and Pentagon are, as usual, singing from the same hymn sheet.

    And the song being sung is, as always, that perennial old favorite from days of yore: “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.”

  3. My concern is that the Obama Administration will, in effect, enable the Afghan electoral fraud by accepting a political deal in Afghanistan in place of a run-off.

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