President Obama is set to announce that the U.S. will leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 if the Afghan government signs a bilateral security agreement allowing their presence, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

I suspect that “if” will become a “when,” because for whatever reason, this is the Status of Forces Agreement the President seems to care about — the one leaving 9,800 troops in the middle of a non-country in the armpit of Central Asia. But it was just a few years ago that Obama neglected our Iraqi negotiations to death, even though that’s an oil-rich country in the heart of the Middle East.