[Guest post by DRJ]
Senior Administration officials say President Obama will start pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan beginning in 2011:
“The White House is attempting to thread the needle here — setting a timetable to exert pressure on Afghanistan to accelerate troop training and government stability without setting a timetable alerting the enemy as to when US forces will leave.
“If the Taliban think they can wait this out, I think they are misjudging the president’s approach,” another official said. “It may be misinterpreted but the Taliban will do that at their own risk.”"
The Obama Administration is proving itself to be the risk averse party here, not the Taliban. Now the Taliban has nothing to lose but time.