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in the Washington TimesWeak link in chain of American alliances Wishing for friendship with Pakistan doesn’t make it so:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/29/weak-link-in-chain-of-american-alliances/

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HADAR: Weak link in chain of American alliances
Wishing for friendship with Pakistan doesn’t make it so

By Leon T. Hadar -The Washington Times

Pakistan is lobbying Afghanistan's president against building a long-term strategic partnership with the United States, urging him instead to look to Pakistan and China for help in making a deal with the Taliban and rebuilding his country's economy, according to the most recent press reports. Yet despite this, the growing friction between the United States and Pakistan over the release of a CIA contractor who shot and killed two Pakistanis and the continuing U.S. drone attacks that have resulted in civilian casualties has been described by American officials as one more example of the unavoidable tensions between two "old allies."

Indeed, the George W. Bush administration designated Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally in 2004,…