THE US official, who stated the other day in Washington that Pakistan would neither get civilian nuclear technology like the one India was being favoured with, nor a nuclear power plant, was not simply trying to please the Indian journalists to whom he was talking. This has been, there should be no doubt in Islamabad, the Americans considered bipartisan policy in the light of their strategic objectives in the region, unabashedly pursued by the Republican Bush and faithfully adopted by the Democrat Obama. The pretext of the fear of proliferation, resulting from the so-called clandestine network its famous scientist was accused of running, is just too flimsy for credence, because of the failsafe command and control system now in place. The systems foolproof nature has been repeatedly acknowledged by top administration officials, though to keep the myth alive, certain anti-Pakistan columnists, with known pro-Jewish, pro-Indian credentials, have always been out to discover loopholes, where they do not exist, and reach alarming conclusions of the nuclear assets takeover by militants or fanatical elements. Besides, this is not the first time the US has plainly told Pakistan that it should not expect to be treated at par with India, let alone given any special consideration in view of its contribution towards reducing the threat of militancy. The sop, which the administration official offered to Islamabad, of 'closely working with it to get over its crippling energy crisis should, therefore, not be taken as an expression of a sincere attempt at helping a key ally in trouble. In fact, this effort is directed more at preventing Pakistan from getting access to the Iranian gas than meeting its growing needs of power. The Iranian gas is cheaper and more easily available, while the Turkmenistan source is riddled with ifs and buts and depends on the security situation in Afghanistan. It should be clear to our policymakers by now that the US has taken a strategic decision to go all-out for currying favour with India, even if that entails giving it a free hand to strike a deadly blow to Pakistans vital interests. The Americans would, in the exercise of winning over the Indians, readily turn a blind eye to New Delhis hostile acts towards Islamabad, as witnessed in the disruption of the flow of water to which Pakistan has indisputable rights established by international law, They would not bat an eye if the Kashmiris right to freedom is trampled or grievous harm comes to a key ally, if that could raise the hope of stemming the tide of the spreading Chinese influence. For that, the US would not mind ditching international law (NPT). For Pakistan, the moment to decide about making a clean break with unreliable friends like the US has come.