Jarrett: Abdullah Quitting Isn't a Complication

Says election up to Afghan gov't; Obama decision may be delayed
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2009 8:54 AM CST
Afghanistan's presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah gestures after announcing his decision not to participate in a run-off election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.   (Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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(Newser) – Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says Abdullah Abdullah's withdrawal from next weekend's runoff election in Afghanistan won't complicate the White House's decision-making process on a war strategy. But Jarrett tells George Stephanopoulos that the president's decision could slide back to late November. “The President will make a decision when he is confident he has all the facts he needs,” she said.

“We don’t think that’s it’s going to add a complication to the strategy,” she said on This Week, according to Politico. “It’s up to the Afghan people and their authorities to decide how to proceed going forward. We watch the election very carefully. And we’re going to work with the leader of the Afghan government, and hopefully that’s going to improve the state of conditions for the people in Afghanistan and also help us as we try to bring this war to a close.”