The timeframe for the drawdown has not kept pace with the developments in Afghanistan. Apart from the UK and a few others like Canada, the other NATO partners could hardly classify to be war weary since their contribution is largely non combat and hence their troops have not face the brunt of Taliban action. Obama will have to keep his election promise and will have to have some semblance of a drawdown in 2011 and for sure it will be cosmetic. On the other hand, Obama is building bridges with Russia and there are reports of US - Russian cooperation in Afghanistan. Russia has much to gain in involving itself in Afghanistan. Firstly, it will give it a toehold in a country of strategic interest to Russia. Secondly, it will be a salve to the prestige of Russia having returned to Afghanistan and make it relevant, and, Thirdly, it will keep the Taliban and fundamentalists away from the CAR and Russia's soft underbelly. One is not aware as to what is the US strategic view, but it was surprising that Obama, while in India, followed by Hilary Clinton, the Secretary of State, admonsished Pakistan in rather strong terms over it being the womb of terrorism and exporting her sole commodity terror. Pakistan is required rather badly by the US and ISAF since the sole commercially viable logistic route is Pakistan. And Pakistan knows that and has been extracting its pound of flesh from the US under various guises! Therefore, for the US to give Pakistan a dressing down is indeed as good as courting suicide! And yet, the US had no hesitation! Has the US found some other way to sustain the Afghanistan War on Terror that it is embolden to call Pakistan's bluff? If so, what could be the mode by which the US can do without Pakistan?