IN the global village, where everything in the media is framed by constants in the American Experience, where the presidential elections in the US were followed throughout the world almost as much as local national elections, there is often the feeling that campaign promises are being made to the world at large. A pitifully wrong assumption. For the promise of change that defined the recent polls was meant only for the American people; though many would debate even that. Many woke up to this realization before even the Democratic primaries were over. Despite what those who knew Barak Obama before he was a candidate said about his views on the Palestine conflict, he fully laid it on thick to the Israeli lobby, something he went on to further cement after he got his nomination. He would overcompensate for his rumoured sympathies with the Muslim world with the Israeli lobby in Washington, even coming up with certain unjustified statements about the Palestinians. His silence in the face of the current Israeli blitz of Gaza is criminal indeed. Far from change, its going to be more of the same. And that applies to our part of the world as well. Except that the change might be an intensification of the current policy. Outgoing US President Bush's National Security Advisor, Steven Hadley, said that the major challenge for the Obama Administration is not Iraq or even Afghanistan but Pakistan. This advice, from a person who famously confused Nepal with Tibet on TV, is going to be taken up seriously by the supposedly smarter Obama Administration. Hadley linked the Mumbai carnage with the tribal areas, something that is highly unlikely; the lone survivor, who Pakistan just admitted to being a Pakistani, had no tribal link nor did the Indians point specifically to the tribal areas. Pakistan is where the Obama Administration is going to bring the game. A change of sorts, yes. But only as intensification of the current stance.