They figure that since the deadly Haqqani network isn't attacking them, the US can go hang.
Pakistan's top military commanders announced Sunday that they will not take action against the Haqqani network, the Pakistan-based militant group that the US suspects in two brazen attacks on Western targets in Afghanistan's capital this month.
The announcement signals a certain measure of defiance from Pakistan, which the US has accused of aiding and abetting the Haqqani network. Washington has repeatedly asked the Pakistani government to do more to undermine the group's operations.
Pakistan news outlet The Express Tribune reports that the commanders agreed to resist US demands for an offensive in North Waziristan, where the Haqqani network is believed to be operating. "We have already conveyed to the US that Pakistan cannot go beyond what it has already done," an unnamed official said.
Watch the response on the Hill today. Some members have been itching to stick it to the Pakistani military for a while and there may be several calls to cut off or severely limit US aid.
And you can expect the US to increase drone attacks and perhaps special forces operations in North Waziristan. Haqqani is wreaking havoc in Afghanistan at this point and some effort must be made before we leave to denude their capabilities.