Pakistan faces an unenviable situation. It cannot forsake the special relationship with the USA and at the same time cannot come to terms with it, It can neither swallow USA nor spit it out. USA treats Pakistan with the same contempt the Romanb Empire had for its client kings. Hilary Clinton is willing to humour Pakistan and seem to accomodate hits ruffled feelings, but the CIA and the Defence Department will not let the diplomats have an easy ride.
The rais which killed Osama bin Laden and the NATO air strike against the Pakistani Army post which killed 25 soldiers has caused considerable domestic friction in Pakistan. That country claims that its sovereignty has been violated. little reaslising that the moment it signed up for the War on Terror it had actually signed away the least pretention of being a soverign entity. Pakistan has become a haven for terrorists of evey kind and the Pakistani Army and the ISI have made it the policy to invest in terrorism as an instrument of state policy. Unfortunately the Americans took eons to undestand that Pakistan cannot exist an a single nation the moment it abjures the violence founded on Islamic identity politics. I had in my blog earlier stated that promoting civillian rule in Pakistan is fraught with danger and the American establishment has finally realised this.
It is only a matter of time before Mr 10% on Asif Ali Zardari is forced to quit. USA for its own security must install a military regime which can reign in the terrorists. Pakistan is threatening to pull out of the War on Terror. USA should not give in to blackmail. Since Pakistan is independent only in name, USA can employ it full panoply of pressure tactics.