Speaking of the Afghan elections, the protests by the opposition candidates are not a good thing, but I generally agree with the assessemnt of the NYT:
The criticism cast a shadow on what was otherwise a historic success for Afghans who have endured more than two decades of war and turmoil.
In fact, I'll even go further. Liberating 25 million people from perhaps the darkest tyranny on earth and moving them to free elections in 3 years is no small feat. And the persons most responsible for achievement are George W. Bush and the men and women of the U.S. military.