Rice, issuer of ultimata
That headline is almost perfect. For it to have been 100% perfect, it would have read like this: “White House gives Karzai notice: U.S. troops are leaving Afghanistan.”
“White House tells Hamid Karzai: Take deal, or U.S. troops are leaving Afghanistan,” by Cheryl K. Chumley for The Washington Times, November 26 (thanks to Kenneth):
The White House issued President Hamid Karzai an ultimatum Monday night, telling him that all U.S. troops will exit Afghanistan in 2014 if he doesn’t sign on to the newly drawn security pact.
The tough talk comes as Ambassador Susan Rice and Mr. Karzai met for dinner in Kabul. Mr. Karzai, NBC reported, tried to outline new conditions for the bilateral security agreement, or BSA[.]
The White House said in a statement: “Ambassador Rice reiterated that, without a prompt signature, the U.S. would have no choice but to initiate planning for post-2014 future in which there would be no U.S. or NATO troop presence in Afghanistan….
Mr. Karzai has not yet issued a response.
That will be interesting.