PRESIDENT Obama's unusually strong indictment of the government presided over by President Zardari coincides with the latter's US visit. President Obama has concluded that the government is "fragile" because, according to him, it does not have the capacity to deliver basic services to the people. As if that was not enough, he maintains that the government does not enjoy the support and loyalty of the people. He has also expressed grave concerns over the stability of the PPP-led coalition, which he believes is the most worrisome thing about Pakistan. Coming as it does from President Obama, the observation would turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Despite concerns expressed earlier by his Administration regarding the Army for considering India the main enemy and thus ignoring the "existential" threat posed by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, President Obama pins more hope now on the Army. He has concluded that in the last few days some recognition has emerged that the "obsession" on its part with India as mortal threat has been misguided and it has understood that the biggest threat right now comes internally. Of late, the American media has expressed doubts about Mr Zardari's ability to steer the country out of the multi-dimensional crises it faces. Comparisons, unfavourable to Mr Zardari, have been made with Mian Nawaz Sharif. In its election manifesto the PPP had promised to provide all the things which Mr Obama finds missing, including basic services, schools, healthcare, rule of law and a judicial system that works for the majority of the people. The PPP leadership had also promised to provide security of food, employment and shelter to the common man. While these things are nowhere in sight, the party can maintain that 14 months are too short a period in which to pass a judgment on its performance. Besides the grave financial crisis it is facing, it is also required to spend huge amounts on the War on Terror. Finally, it is for the people of Pakistan and not Washington to judge the government. Mr Obama also needs to realize that the Army cannot hope to defeat the militants unless it has the full support of the government and the masses. What Pakistan's allies tend to ignore are their own failings. The situation in FATA and Malakand Agency can be brought under control provided Washington does what is badly needed and abstains from actions that are not helpful. US officials talk about the lack of capacity on the part of the Army to fight militancy while Washington continues to ignore its demands for more helicopters, night vision goggles, drones and other sophisticated equipment. The US has also failed to help put the ROZs in place. Despite Pakistan's protests, the drone attacks continue. Indirect threats to intervene to take control of Pakistan's nuclear assets in hypothetical situations are also not helpful.