US National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilons choices presented to Pakistani COAS General Kayani were that Pakistan had three choices on the Haqqani network, according to a Washington Post report. Donilon met General Kayani recently in Saudi Arabia and told him that Pakistan could either kill off the Haqqani leadership itself, help the Americans do it, or help persuade the Haqqanis to join the Afghan government. What the Post also described as a drone strike, which killed nine in North Waziristan, has been qualified by other news outlets, with some suspicion that NATO helicopters were involved. Should that be so, the USA-led alliance will itself have ruled out the last option and offered Pakistan a Hobson's choice dilemma with respect to the first two. Such heavy-handed assumptions can only lead to a further falling out of trust between the two countries intelligence agencies. And intelligence from within Pakistan is essential for any success in American options one and two. Going by the Abbottabad raid, perhaps there has developed an addiction to a 'lone ranger' appproach, in order to be able to solely claim a famous victory over the network to its public, where the perception of the general public is that the Haqqani network is as bad, or worse than, Al-Qaeda. It is symptomatic that the drone strikes are supposed to have targeted figures in the Haqqani network, with the Obama Administration claiming the deaths of three, even though one was a lowly coordinator and thus not a person of tremendous significance in the network. This seems to reflect a decision to expand the area of operations of drones, as this is the first time that there has been a strike so close to Miranshah. It must not be forgotten that the American forces have expressed a wish to target Quetta, which it claims is playing host to the Quetta Shura and Taliban leader Mulla Omar. A simple solution would be for Pakistan to end its pusillanimous tolerance of drones, by taking up the PAF on its claim that it can shoot them down. The latest drone attack should provide a good example, for of the nine killed, only three belonged to the Haqqani network. Did the remaining six include any Pakistani civilians? This should also make it clear to all those who still need evidence, not that any was needed, that Pakistan must end the US alliance, and strike out an independent foreign policy. If there is any belief that supine compliance with US wishes will gain Pakistan a say in the Afghanistan endgame, the latest events should end it, and it should be clear that the USA must be stopped from any further violations of Pakistani sovereignty, no matter how much criminal negligence of vital Pakistani interests there has been in the past.