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Serious Disconnect


My girlfriend just pointed this out to me -- Here is a snippet of what the front of NYTimes.com looks like right now:



Note the Powell Op-Ed on the top right and the story on the bottom left. Here's an excerpt from Powell:
We resolve, of course, to expand freedom, and we are focused in particular on Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghan people now have a constitution, a rapidly advancing market economy, and new hope as they look toward national elections. (emphasis mine)
And here's an excerpt from the Afghan story:
The constitutional grand council adjourned in disarray Thursday, leaving the entire process of drawing up a new constitution badly damaged.

The crisis has revealed a bitter struggle between the leaders of the country, with President Hamid Karzai and his Pashtun kinsmen on one side, and on the other the Islamist jihadi leaders and ethnic minorities of the north, who are seeking to preserve some of their wartime power.

Officials in the American-backed government tried to break the deadlock by putting five amendments to the vote.

But the tactic backfired when a great number of the 502 delegates, mostly from the ethnic minorities of northern Afghanistan, refused to vote. In the end only 264 people cast votes, enough for a quorum, and the five amendments passed by a simple majority.

The president and his supporters got their way, but at great political cost. Some 48 percent of the delegates did not vote and the amendments in question were not even the most important ones.
Anyway, Powell doesn't give us the full story, but this time we don't have to look very far to figure that out. At least he's not asking us to trust any more etch-a-sketch pictures of WMD labs.