Phony election in "coalition" member Azerbaijan

I wonder if Bush will have some words - other than "congratulations" - to say about the phony presidential election in "coalition of the willing" member Azerbaijan. Massive irregularities were reported in the run-up to the election, as well as during voting itself.

As I pointed out during the early part of the Iraq invasion, it is preposterous to believe that the US is interested in encouraging democracy in Iraq while it looks the other way when allies such as Azerbaijan and Russia crush whatever democratic forces there are in their countries. But, then again, unfair elections are something that Bush knows about only too well. Maybe Rove can take a few pointers for Bush's 2004 campaign.

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