Pakistanis are used to being disappointed and betrayed by America. For 63 years, the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan has oscillated between periods of intense, close alliance usually revolving around large, secret projects and periods of intense, angry animosity centering on sanctions and abandonment. Pakistanis who value democracy are even more used to disappointment and betrayal. Washington has fallen in love with every Pakistani military dictator, and done little to help elected civilian governments cope with the country’s enormous problems.
Now that U.S. President Barack Obama has set July 2011 as the target date for drawing down American forces in Afghanistan, Pakistanis fear abandonment is in the works yet again. No one knows what will happen next year, but Obama will probably not walk away from either Pakistan or Afghanistan. He will, hopefully, broaden engagement instead.
The Pew Research Center survey released in June shows only 17 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S. favorably and just 7 percent want U.S. and NATO troops to maintain presence in neighboring Afghanistan. Poll after poll shows Pakistanis do not believe America is a reliable ally. They are right. For over six decades, the U.S. has had a love/hate relationship with Pakistan.
"There are concerns that placing the [Israeli] embassy in Jerusalem would be a sign that the United States recognizes it as a part of Israel's sovereign territory, even though the position of the U.S. over the last 70 years or so is that Jerusalem is actually disputed territory, and that the status of it will have to be resolved through negotiations."
"I would be surprised if the State Department interpreted the Jerusalem Embassy Act as requiring it to break ground on a new embassy facility or take other such steps. The plain language of the statute only requires that the secretary of state determine and report to Congress that the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened."