While Mr. Obama’s message was not a surprise — administration officials had concluded weeks ago that any agreement would probably come only after elections in April — the White House’s blunt description of his call with Mr. Karzai underscored the depth of the president’s frustration and the erosion of trust in the Afghan leader.
A senior administration official said Mr. Obama was sending a message to Mr. Karzai that there would be a cost to further delays, both in the rising chance that the United States might go down to zero troops and in the more limited size and scope of a residual force.
American and NATO commanders have drawn up plans to deploy a force this summer that is tailored to assume a training mission in 2015 but also small enough to withdraw,
if no deal for an enduring presence is reached.
The plan would give Mr. Obama and other political leaders maximum flexibility.
for all the big news of leaving, the news is we're not actually threating to leave...well we are...kinna/sorta.
Get out now. Whenever we do leave, nothing will hold that gov't together for a very long, 3000 residuals are not going to do it either.