I have a brother that recently took a teaching position in Kabul. Just received this email from him: "I would say that this place is undergoing a rapid deterioration. 25-50% was from Obama opening his mouth about the troop pull out which caught even the generals by surprise. Within days of that poison gas attacjs against high schools that were coed, a car bombing and other activity. 40%-50% from the quran burning. Massive demonstrations here now all anti western as well as tribal clashes As long as they thought that the USA was going to stay here most opposed the Taliban. Not safe even for me to go outside. I went to the gym this afternoon and when I went out to meet my driver 4-5 other gym people walked out with me surrounding me until I was in the car. Here the situation is such that if it deteriates further there will be mobs and they will drag you out of the car and kill you. Nothing that you can do about that. But it is not at that point yet. " From the sound of it once the U.S. pulls out things are going to go south pretty quickly... I also cant help but wonder why on earth Obama announces troop pullouts.