And from the same source:
"Outgoing American Ambassador Ryan C Crocker believes Pakistan will become a regional leader in the years to come, and the current close relationship between the two countries will endure."
Thats a load of crock, your excellency Mr. Crocker.
Our US relationship with Pakistan recently took a step backward. ...an agreement that will not likely be renewed or something like that, IIRC. It could go away in a day. Neither you (GK) nor TJ are really much in favor of keeping Nixon's foolish, old money thing going with Pakistan, IMO. Pakistan has too much going on with Russia and China, and the Pakis aren't even serious enough about cracking down on Taliban spawning activities there. Even the mushy, gooey Brits are breaking it off with Pakistan due to many recent incidents.