NEW YORK - A prominent US newspaper columnist has criticised the Obama Administration for blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan, and called for abandoning any notion of conducting cross-border ground raids on suspected militant sanctuaries in Pakistani tribal areas. "Too often, the American attitude is master to servant: We give you money now do what we say, and do it right now," HDS Greenway, who served in US military before taking up writing, said in The New York Times after a visit to Pakistan. He wrote that Pakistan had already done a lot for the US. In his op-ed piece, the columnist suggested that Pakistan was being made scapegoat for US failures in Afghanistan and he reserved his strongest criticism for retired American Gen Jack Keane, who has been making some tough statements against Pakistan, including: "Don't just put a finger in their chest, put a fist in their chest." "I recently drove past the hulks of burned out oil tankers by the side of the Grand Trunk Road headed to the Khyber Pass, torched by militants when Pakistan temporarily halted the convoys in retaliation for our incursion," Greenway wrote. "One might ask Gen Keane: What is it you don't understand about closing the Khyber Pass? What chance would you give either the short-term or long-term sustainability of our Afghan effort without Pakistani cooperation? One hundred dollars worth of gasoline passing through Pakistan costs $1,000 to ship through Central Asia. "So let's stop all this talk of cleaning out the sanctuaries ourselves if the Pakistanis won't. The US doesn't need to get involved militarily in another Muslim country. "The US is extremely unpopular as it is with the Pakistani public. Do we really think we could prevail in the mountains of the Northwest Frontier with the whole countryside up in arms against us? If you really want to destabilise a nuclear-armed Pakistan, that would be the best way to do it. "Pakistanis feel, with some justification, that they are being scapegoated," he added. "I'm not saying we are entirely innocent," the columnist quotes a member of Pakistan's intelligence service as telling him, but after nine years of failing in Afghanistan it is easy to "put all the blame on someone else." Greenway also quotes Lt-Gen Asif Malik, commander of the Pakistani Army, as saying, "Organisations such as the Haqqani group are not completely dependent on Pakistani territory. They, and the rest of the Taliban, can operate quite well in Afghanistan without sanctuaries - to which the deterioration of security in northern Afghanistan attests." The article, "Dealing With Pakistan" said: "And from Pakistan's point of view, there are Taliban attacking Pakistani soldiers from safe havens in Afghanistan that Nato cannot stop. The frontier with Pakistan will always be porous. The mountainous border cannot be sealed completely. "Yes, Pakistan wants to keep some Pashtun guerilla groups close as a hedge against the future. General Keane says that once we show Pakistan that the Taliban cannot come back to power in Kabul, Pakistan will abandon these groups and get on the team. "But Pakistan's Afghan policy is consistent. It does not want a hostile neighbour on its western border. "How can Pakistan be confident that the US will be able to turn security over to an Afghan Army by 2014? Afghan soldiers regularly loot the properties of the very citizens they are tasked with defending, and the Karzai government is unloved. Although there has been much progress in training the Afghan Army, serious training began only last year. My tennis game can show a lot of improvement in one year, but it doesn't mean I will be ready to play Roger Federer by 2014. "Pakistanis know that, whether it be 2014 or 2024, Americans will go home, and Pakistan will still be left with Afghanistan next door. "The Obama Administration understands the need to work closely with Pakistan, and yes, Pakistan can be endlessly frustrating - even to Pakistanis. But more emphasis on trying to understand Pakistan's vital national interests - some 'strategic patience', as Admiral Mullen put it, and a little less bullying - might be more productive..."