The stance of the COAS and other services chiefs on our national defense, whenever it conforms to the constitutional norms, makes us proud of them. However, the amateurish handling of government on a number of issues, especially on the drones and Mumbai, makes one cringe. Requesting China to abstain from vetoing the UNSC resolution banning Jamaat-ud-Dawa was atrocious. So was our government's tame response to Indian diplomatic offensive on Mumbai that led to our being regarded as a rogue state abroad. PPP government justly denounces the Israeli attack on Gaza but falls short on courage when it comes to the daily drone attacks of US that violate not just our sovereignty but also kill our people. This government has failed totally due to its incompetence in handling issues both on internal and external fronts. -ZEENATE NOOURE JEHAN, Karachi, via e-mail, January 4.