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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

International Standards

The lack of self-awareness on the the part of the Bushies--even the lame-duck Bushies, never ceases to amaze me:
"We cannot accept this result as legitimate because it does not meet international standards and because there has not been an investigation of the numerous and credible reports of fraud and abuse," Powell said in a statement read to reporters.
--NY Times

Of course, Colin was talking about the Ukraine, not the U.S.:
The global implications of the U.S. election are undeniable, but international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida said Tuesday that voting procedures being used in the extremely close contest fell short in many ways of the best global practices.

The observers said they had less access to polls than in Kazakhstan, that the electronic voting had fewer fail-safes than in Venezuela, that the ballots were not so simple as in the Republic of Georgia and that no other country had such a complex national election system.

"To be honest, monitoring elections in Serbia a few months ago was much simpler," said Konrad Olszewski, an election observer stationed in Miami by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
--International Herald Tribune

The Bush administration pretending to support democracy is SUCH a sick joke. They are the single biggest threat to democracy on the face of the earth right now.