Such tactics may provide a temporary reprieve in the transactional relationship between U.S. and Pakistan but it can’t bear a permanent solution. Pakistani generals are caught between where their sympathies lie and where their interests lie. Their strategy of marrying Pakistan’s Islamic identity to nuclear weapons, anti-U.S. and anti-India posturing has imposed unbearable costs on the country. Today, Pakistan stands politically and economically isolated with question marks about its very existence. That reality is no longer trapped in the narrative.