Is Obama Bluffing About Afghanistan Pullout?

Washington — Is President Barack Obama seriously considering pulling all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next year or is just a sign of his frustration with Afghan President Hamid Karzai?

There’s no doubt that Obama has had his fill of dealing with Karzai’s on-again, off-again negotiations over how many troops would remain in the country after 2014. And there’s no doubt that the relationship continues to deteriorate, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said.

“You can talk to senior officials going back into the Bush administration, they would tell you dealing with Karzai is sometimes like dealing with a child — he’s unpredictable, he changes his mind — so that’s part of it,” King said.

“So If Karzai doesn’t trust his own security forces, you lay this down that we might come back to a zero option, maybe you snap him into thinking, ‘”I’d better get to get back to the negotiating table here,'” King said.

 

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