"It is reasonable to hope that there will be fewer irregularities this time, for several reasons. One - there are only two candidates; two - there is the experience factor. Three - the international community, including the forces under General McChrystal's command are going to go all out to help make this a success. Now, those forces did so on August 20, but there are more forces in the country today."
- Special envoy Richard Holbrooke, assessing the runoff