Look whos talking here..
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won 97.62 percent of the vote that handed him a second term in office. But the United States denounced the poll, in which 41-year-old Assad was the only candidate, for offering no real choice to the electorate. Assad was the only person allowed to put his name forward in the run-up.
The U.S. dismissed the vote caustically, saying Syrians had not been given a choice. “It’s pretty hard to suggest that any kind of election can be free, fair or credible when you’ve only got one candidate, and that candidate receives about 98 percent of the vote,” State Department spokesman said.
My my…now look who’s talking here. If they could call to mind all the indications of possible data irregularities and systematic flaws reported during their own 2004 re election voting process, they would have kept their big mouth shut. I guess they were just too busy poking into other people business to remember this “Voting Machines Controversy”!
The US is a full fledge democratic country that lines up multiple candidates for every election but sadly relies on only two makes of counting machines to count all the votes, Diebold and ES&S. And..it happens that the vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and ES&S is owned by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who obviously became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines and was also on a short list of George W. Bush’s vice- presidential candidates.
Now, that seems to leave American voters with lots of choices??? This could be the real democracy (big fucked-up democracy that is) that they’re talking about.