Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Talk from D3 Systems and the BBC!

I had no idea things were going so well in Afghanistan. Then again, I would never have guessed from the BBC post that the Afghan polling outfit, ACSOR Surveys, is a subidiary of D3 Systems of - wait for it - Virginia, and in fact very close to CIA headquarters although I'm sure that's just a coincidence.

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Even so, I'd be interested to know how the pollsters took a random sample in Helmand and Kandahar, and even more interested to know which tribe the pollsters belonged to, and in fact the background to the BBC commissioning a survey that is, on it's face, bizarrely contradictory to almost everything coming out of Afghanistan, Kai Eide's report to the UN just being one example.