Afghanistan has thrown out nearly a quarter of ballots cast in last month's parliamentary elections because of fraud, according to full preliminary results released Wednesday.
The findings, which confirmed earlier reports, indicated that cheating was pervasive in the Sept. 18 vote that many hoped would show the Afghan government's commitment to reforming its corrupt bureaucracy.
But observers also praised the voided ballots as an achievement because it meant that the election officials had kept fraudulent ballots out of the totals.
Any election in which one quarter of the ballots were either fraudulently cast or wrongfully thrown out is not an election for which Americans should die. Unfortunately, because of the policies of the successful "anti war" presidential candidate, they have, they are and they will.