NATIONAL Security Advisor General James Joness charge against Pakistan that it is trying to doublecross the US in the war against terror comes as no surprise. The reality, however, is just the opposite - the post 9/11 era, particularly with respect to the war on terror, is replete with US double standards and double-dealing with Pakistan. Take for instance the strategy of talks with the rebels. While the US has adopted a policy of negotiations with the militants in Afghanistan, to secure political gains, it constantly warns Pakistan against doing so and has been pressurising it to give preference to military action. It knows well about the fallout we would have to face, if we resort to the use of force, but still it is a crying shame that our so-called ally tries to push us down this path of destruction and chaos. Secondly, contrary to its promises of strengthening our economy and compensating us for our involvement in the war on terror, it has left us in the lurch. Frequent calls by our leadership to rescue the economy have only fallen on deaf ears. Meanwhile, it is comforting to learn that President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and COAS General Kayani have henceforth pledged to take decisions through consensus. They also discussed the agenda to be taken up in the forthcoming meeting with Hillary Clinton who would be visiting the country later this month. One hopes that this time around, given the DG ISIs recent briefing to the government that external forces were destabilising the country through acts of terror, the leadership would talk to her eyeball to eyeball and convey that there would be no further compromises on our national interests. Besides, bogged down in Afghanistan, the US is creating problems not only for itself but also for the entire region. According to a recent poll, Afghans are getting increasingly edgy at the presence of occupying forces and feel that NATO is losing the battle of winning hearts and minds. Likewise, the Afghan people also want the Taliban led by Mullah Omar to be part of the government. This opinion poll would in all conscience show the complete failure of the US policy in Afghanistan. At this point in time, no doubt the Americans deep in their hearts would be ashamed of the mess they have created in Afghanistan. It is no wonder that Islamabad is being made a scapegoat for their failure. However, the US exit strategy, as manifested by the destructive course of talking to only a selected section of the resistance and sidelining those who have popular following, would lead to an uncertain future for the Afghan nation.