If the purpose of Al-Qaeda, in organising these attacks, is to create panic and deepen the divide between Muslims worldwide and the US, the resentment created by a massive profiling regime plays right into their hands.
Obama now stands thoroughly 'em-Bushed' at least as far as his war on terrorism is concerned.
A flagrant violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, these strikes speak volumes about the Obama Administration's unilateralist policies and military adventurism resembling the situation in Afghanistan where thousands of civilians have been crushed to death so far, thanks to a joystick controlled thousands of miles away in the US and raining missiles on a hapless population.
While the Clinton remarks should be welcomed, overall the US continues to adopt an arrogant and irrational approach towards Pakistan.
President Obama knows too well that every partnership has a price. Pakistan has already paid more than its due share.
In a tribal belt with widespread illiteracy and few jobs, militants exploit drone attacks to recruit, and there are fears that Pakistan's perceived role undercuts its own counter-insurgency campaign against homegrown radicals.