WASHINGTON — Hollow threats made Tuesday, by U.S. and European officials were likely intended to intimidate the Afghani President Hamid Karzai, for his spotty negotiation practices. Some have said Karzai acts like a “child” in many respects and is unpredictable in nature.
Some consider it a stern approach by the Obama Administration, while others say it’s posturing.
CNN reported, “The tough-love approach has become the standard negotiating tactic with Karzai, CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott said. “They’re still hammering out a deal for the long-term U.S. numbers and they know Karzai really doesn’t want to be left standing alone.”
U.S. and Afghan officials had been discussing a residual force in the country post-2014 to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces.
But the relationship between the two countries soured further last month after the United States and the Taliban planned peace talks and in response, Karzai cut off negotiations.
The Pentagon said no decision has been made and talks continue.
“We continue to work through issues,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said, adding, “We believe we can work through them.”
Karzai does hold a bargaining chip in that a complete pullout would put the United States at a strategic disadvantage in a volatile region.”
While likely this is all media rhetoric as President Obama has no intentions of withdrawing from the region. After all, how would his globalist sponsors profiteer with no war machine turning? At most the troops we be dispersed about the region.