US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday trashed 30 years of American policy towards Pakistan -- eight of it during her husband's Presidency -- calling it "incoherent," while pledging the Obama administration's abiding support for the civilian democratic government now at the helm. In an astonishing attack on Washington's tortured engagement with Pakistan through both Democratic and Republican administrations, the former First Lady advanced a new narrative, basically suggesting it was unfair on part of the US to abandon and sanction Islamabad after taking its help to defeat the Soviet Union, and the US should share the blame for Pakistan's present condition. "I think that it is fair to say that our policy toward Pakistan over the last 30 years has been incoherent. I don't know any other word to use. We came in in the '80s and helped to build up the Mujahideen to take on the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The Pakistanis were our partners in that. The Soviet Union fell in 1989, and we basically said, thank you very much; we had all kinds of sanctions being imposed on the Pakistanis," Clinton said at a White House event where she announced an emergency $ 110 million aid to Pakistan for the humanitarian crisis in Swat. It was the second time in recent weeks that Clinton was critically revisiting US-Pakistan policy history, ignoring the fact that Washington imposed sanctions on Islamabad in 1990 for its transgression of nuclear red lines (weaponising) after having held back from doing so with the Pressler Amendment, which was originally devised to allow the US President to certify that Pakistan had not crossed the nuclear rubicon. But once the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, then President Bush (sr) no longer found it expedient to give a clean chit to Pakistan and wink at its bomb program as his predecessor Ronald Reagan had done, according to historical accounts of that period. The sanctions continued under her husband's presidency, and the situation was aggravated even more when Pakistan came close to being named a terrorist state in 1993 because of its sponsorship of terrorism. The sanctions were tightened in 1998 when Pakistan followed India in conducting nuclear test. But in her new guilt-stricken narrative, which comes only weeks after she stunned policy wonks in Washington by describing Pakistan as a "mortal danger" danger to the United States and the world, Clinton said while "it is fair to apportion responsibilities to the Pakistanis, it's also fair to ask ourselves what have we done and how have we done it over all of these years, and what role do we play in the situation that the Pakistanis currently confront." Incidentally, Hillary Clinton visited Pakistan in 1995 as First Lady, at a time when US policy was, in her view, "incoherent." As President, her husband persuaded Pakistan to back down from its suicidal confrontation with India on Kashmir during the Kargil War in 1999, and later visited Islamabad in 2000 after General Musharraf took power after a coup to oust Nawaz Sharief. The Secretary of State said President Obama's new approach toward Pakistan "is qualitatively different than anything that has been tried before" in the way it supports the democratically elected government and demands transparency and honesty. The results in the last week had been encouraging, she added, offering a clue as to why she had overcome her apprehension of Pakistan being a mortal threat to the world. Clinton also took a crack at former Pakistan dictator Pervez Musharraf when a journalist asked if he (Musharraf) did not prosecute the war on terror because of the lack of aid. "I can't speculate on why former President Musharraf did what he did while he was in power. I just know that at the end of his time in office, the extremists had found safe havens in Pakistan and were stronger than they had been when he came into office," she said. In contrast, she said the current democratically elected government and the opposition has recognized the serious threat posed by the Taliban. Clinton's observations came in the face of a recent poll conducted by a Washington think tank that showed only 10 per cent of Pakistani respondents citing terrorism as the most important issue. In the same poll, when asked who was responsible for the Mumbai terrorist massacre, 42 per cent of respondents said India, 33 per cent said 'don't know' and 20 per cent named the United States. But by Clinton's account, things have improved in recent weeks, particularly after the video of the flogging of a young girl in Swat (which most Pakistanis believe to be a fake). "There is a real national mood change on the part of the Pakistani people that we are watching and obviously encouraged by," she said. While Clinton was suddenly sanguine about Pakistan at the White House ceremony, she took a tough line on China in a separate interaction with the foreign correspondents a short while later. Asked by an Australian journalist about a recent Australian defense white paper that basically saw US being eclipsed by China in the Asia-Pacific region, and Canberra hitching its star to Beijing, Clinton said the US was not going anywhere. "We also are sending a clear message that the United States will be engaged. We are a transpacific power as well as a transatlantic power," she said. "We want Australia as well as other nations to know that the United States is not ceding the Pacific to anyone."