President Hamid Karzai has enjoyed years of being able to brow beat American presidents with threats of refusing to do this or that. The assumption has always been that if one does not please the two bit excuse for a leader then he will pick up his marbles and go home in a huff. President Barack Obama called the Afghan leader and made clear that unless the Afghanistan government was ready to leave the people of Afghan to its own desires. His world were clear, “the United States is moving forward with additional contingency planning.”
After that phone call, he asked the Pentagon to make plans for a full pull out by the end of 2014. FINALLY, the bluff has been called. Unfortunately, the people who will be hurt by the Karzai pouting demonstration are the people of Afghanistan. Reality is that within a year, vast areas of the country will be governed by forces under the Taliban government. Despite what Republican Party leaders argue, the fault lies with former President Bush who went to war in Iraq before concluding the war in Afghanistan.