The Pakistani military offensives in Swat and South Waziristan seemed to indicate, for a moment at least, that the Pakistanis were serious about going after Taliban and Al-Qaeda-type elements.
Remarkably, despite the fact that these forces have savagely attacked Pakistanis time and time again, the government is resisting American demands for the Haqqani network to be tackled.
The excuse is that Haqqani is based in North Waziristan and the military cannot be stretched any further.
The U.S. will probably react to this by giving the CIA greater freedom in using its drones in North Waziristan to try to kill Haqqani and his top commanders.
The Pakistanis will protest and will face unrest as anti-American sentiment rises, at which point the U.S. can kindly suggest they revise their strategy towards Haqqani.