What Washington really wants is a totally obedient, obsequious Pakistan -- not a real ally. This is self-defeating, imperial bullying. The interests of the two nations must at times diverge.
It is unlikely the US will completely cut Iraq loose. Washington seems to be following the same control model set up in the 1920's by the British Empire to secure Mesopotamia's oil.
President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg did exactly the right thing by reminding their misled countrymen of our basic right of religious freedom and tolerance.
The monsoon floods ravaging Pakistan could not have come at a worse time for Washington. The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is at best stalemated as Taliban and its allies gain strength.
In spite of million man armed forces and nuclear weapons, India feels increasingly threatened by China's rise. The Indians know full well that China expects obedience from its neighbors.