So let me get this straight: the recent Afghan presidential election was so riven with fraud that a quarter of the votes were thrown out and a runoff ordered. But having found all of that fraud, the Afghan government refused to do anything to stop it happening again - and so one of the candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out. As a result, the man responsible for the fraud, Hamid Karzai, has been elected unopposed.
And we're supposed to regard him as legitimate? We're supposed to send kiwi troops to fight and possibly die to keep this crook in office?
New Zealand is now supporting an outright fraudulent regime in Kabul. We shouldn't be. After this farce, those soldiers should be coming home immediately.