It's About Time
When a host leader openly appeases your sworn enemies, as Hamid Karzai has done, there no longer is any reason for a nation to spend blood on that leader, or frankly, on that country.
Finally, Barack Obama gets that.
President Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the US may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end.
Mr Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Mr Karzai, who has refused to sign a security agreement.
"President Obama told President Karzai that because he has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the BSA (Bilateral Security Agreement), the United States is moving forward with additional contingency planning," the White House said in a statement.
"Specifically, President Obama has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
This decision was overdue, but at least Obama has finally made it. Now we can let the Chinese worry about the security of their investments in Afghanistan and Pakistan without us footing the bill anymore.