Jesse Freeston speaks to Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers’ Pentagon correspondent, who recently returned from Afghanistan about the elections tomorrow and the mood in that country. Youssef says most Afghanis are anticipating that the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai will win again. She says many are cynical about the elections, because they view they’ve seen the past eight years of foreign occupation as a time when their living standards have gone down, rather than improved.

Nancy Youssef

Nancy Youssef is McClatchy Newspapers' chief Pentagon correspondent. She spent the past four years covering the Iraq war, most recently as Baghdad bureau chief. Her pieces focused on the everyday Iraqi experience, civilian causalities and how the US' military strategy was reshaping Iraq's social and political dynamics. While at the Free Press, she traveled throughout Jordan and Iraq for Knight Ridder, covering the Iraq war from the time leading up to it through the post-war period.