Not only is Afghan President Ashraf Ghani less temperamental and more logical than his predecessor Hamid Karzai, he is also good at making a strong case that Washington should not reduce the number of its troops in Afghanistan. Both the American generals and members of the international community, including Pakistan, are of the view that lingering instability in Afghanistan doesn't warrant further drawdown of residual troops. But President Obama was not of the same mind given his commitment to cut the troop strength to half by the end of 2015 and total pullout by the end of next year - vindicating his decision to ensure return of all the troops from Afghanistan when he leaves the White House. After a meeting with the visiting Afghan president he told media that "this flexibility reflects our reinvigorated partnership with Afghanistan". Indeed, President Ashraf Ghani could convince the host president of the need to maintain the troop level not only because his request made a great sense, perhaps, also for the atmospherics of his interlocution with the American leadership, which were distinctly at variance with Karzai's fractious relationship with Washington. The two, Karzai and Ghani differed as like "night and day", say the US officials. And, this is also a fact that with hindsight President Obama is increasingly of the viewpoint that 'Iraq has shown us the consequences of leaving a fragile ally too early'. Even when some progress towards bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table - mainly courtesy Pakistan and China - has been made insecurity is thick on the ground in Afghanistan. According to a UN survey, during 2014 the civilian deaths jumped 22 percent to 10,548, and 72 percent of these were at the hands of the Afghan Taliban.