Right on the heels of the all parties conference President Barack Obama went on the air to assert that his administration would continue to push Pakistan to 'do more to weed out militants having safe havens within its territory. And now if our leaders bow down before this declaration, it would constitute a slap in the face of our entire political leadership that had at the APC held at Islamabad on Thursday decided to go for the peace option rather than pursue the tribal militants with an armed action. The CIA reminded us of its approach by launching a drone attack on Friday. Nevertheless, Washington appears to be confused at the sudden turn of events from the quietly compliant attitude of our ruling circles to a show of defiance and an American official was cited as saying that there would be no 'US boots on the soil of Pakistan. The reaction of the Pakistani public to the threat of invasion of the countrys territory and the increased anti-American sentiment it created might also have contributed to this softening. Mr Obama also called Admiral Mike Mullens diatribe an expression of frustration at being not able to persuade Islamabad to go after the Haqqani network. He also admitted that Pakistans relationship to the 'militant Haqqani network was unclear, in contrast with the Admirals emphatic remark that the Pakistan spy agency had provided active help to the Haqqanis in their recent attacks against American interests. Yet, Mr Obama maintained that Islamabad should curb passive or active support to the Taliban. Admiral Mullen, on the day of his retirement, stuck to his guns and accused Pakistan of exporting terrorism to Afghanistan, though trying to mellow the charge down by adding, there is no solution in the region without Pakistan and it was a vital country in the war on terror. Washingtons lowered tone of criticism is most likely because of the need for Pakistan as a supply channel for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. It might be trying to have the Central Asian route and Mr Obama seemed to have spoken to his Uzbek counterpart for this purpose, it would be months before the route can materialise. Besides, it would be much more expensive than Pakistans, something that might be too difficult to bear for the faltering American economy. Unfortunately, our politicians did not come up with a befitting response to the threat of aggression and produced a wishy-washy resolution that talked of giving peace a chance. However, there should be no doubt in the minds of our rulers about the Americans intentions in the region, which seen against the backdrop of their perception of China, our close friend, could never be in the interest of Pakistan. It is too obvious to ignore this fact from the US growing friendship with New Delhi. We would have to devise a strategy in which we can frustrate the combined designs of the US and India.