Karzai not in a hurry… We are.
With 2014 approaching and the drawdown coming, President Karzai seems to be in no hurry to sign a future forces agreement. If he thinks the pressure is on President Obama, he is sadly misreading him. The President can’t wait to announce all combat troops are out of AFG. I bet all of his budget planners wish the same.
Rumor says Karzai wants us to guarantee defense of Afghanistan in case of invasion. Ok, are we signing a training mission or an alliance? We are talking about training forces. If no agreement -we are gone. We should be pulling all our extra gear out now, which I believe we are, and plan forward with the amount of troops we think are likely. If we get to 6 months prior to the next troops deployment order without an agreement, just announce the deadline has passed and we a don’t deploy any more troops there.
Will dragging this out push us to give him “modern weapons?” I don’t think I need to answer that one.
I think he forgets we have to plan for future training missions a year out…and we are a year out. It’s time to plan get out.
No pressure on us either.