From a Pakistan military forum...
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A relevant story of a guy who was looking to sell his restaurant
True story, told to me by the person involved in it.
There was a restaurant in Melbourne owned by an Indian who was running it at a loss. The restaurant had been successful but over time it lost customers and restaurant first came to break-even and then started losing money every month. The owner was looking for someone to take over for some $200K Australian Dollars. One Australian fellow came to know about it and offered him $140K. It was significantly less than the price Indian was expecting and refused the offer. After waiting a month and finding no other offer, the guy came back to cut a deal at $160~170K but this time the Australian buyer offered $120K instead. The owner got frustrated and complained that were you not offering $140K before so why are you sliding down on your offer and in anger left the negotiation. The restaurant was still losing and waiting was coming at a cost of ongoing salaries, rent, and meal/maintenance expenses. If he had shut it down, the closed restaurant would've sold at an even low price; the price of old furniture, cutlery and old kitchen appliances only.
Another 15 days later, the Indian called this OZ and expressed his desire to meet on the condition that last offered $120K is still on the offer, but the Australian guy said what $120? It is 80K if you take the price today. Indian fellow abused him over the phone and hang up, only 3 hours later visiting him in person with an apology and agreeing to sell at $80K.
Now, this American anger is reminding me of the above story. There is nothing that Americans will gain by waiting. Will they inject more mone? more soldiers? more military hardware to repeat what they've been doing and failing in 19 years? It's a stupid move by Americans to call off the dialogue. They don't have a spectrum of choices to choose from. They will eventually come back to the negotiation table and will have to accept tougher conditions from the Taliban. This American restaurant will be sold for less than $80K in the future.