There is, in fact, nothing new in the way Islamabad has been squeezing Washington lately. It has a long record of getting the better of U.S. officials by identifying areas of American weakness and exploiting them successfully to further its agenda.
It's surprising to many that the majority of Pakistanis support the Islamists and their apologists as the saviors of their religion. But this didn't happen overnight. The mindset of the large segment of society didn't change with a blink of an eye.