What is the OSCE?

These are the people who will apparently supply the observers to our elections in November. According to the OSCE website:

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the largest regional security organization in the world with 55 participating States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is active in early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

Uh, okay. What does that mean, exactly? Prevent conflict how? Manage what crises?

Is this like NATO 2.0? If it’s the “largest regional security organization in the world”, how come I never heard of it?

Apparently this deal to invite OSCE to observe our voting goes back to a document signed in 1994, during the Clinton administration. “The U.S. is obliged to invite us, as all OSCE countries should,” spokeswoman Urdur Gunnarsdottir said. “It’s not legally binding, but it’s a political commitment. They signed a document 10 years ago to ask OSCE to observe elections.”

OSCE observers sat in on Florida’s 2002 mid-term elections (and Florida still managed to lose the logbooks for the newfangled electronic voting machines, making a recount impossible) and California’s gubernatorial recall.

I still think this stinks. Bush supporters? Is this how George W. is protecting American sovereignty? How would a Kerry presidency be any different?

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