Byline: James Morrison, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman doesn't mince words. She rolls them out like fresh dough, pounds them into heaps and injects them with a cognitive disconnect or a bilateral trajectory.
Ms. Rehman served up a verbal smorgasbord as she warned the U.S. to stop drone attacks in her country, assured Washington that Islamabad wants good relations and urged Americans to try to understand Pakistanis.
At a farewell reception last week, she denounced the unmanned aerial attacks on terrorist targets, which Pakistani officials claim too often kill civilians. Ms. Rehman cited a cognitive disconnect between the United States and Pakistan over the drone strikes.
This is one thing that has to change if we are ever to be sanguine that we are on the path to an upward bilateral trajectory, she said, according to Pakistani press reports.
Ms. Rehman, a political appointee, announced her resignation after her Pakistan People's Party lost control of the government in parliamentary elections this month. But she believes she has helped heal the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
U.S. officials have long suspected Pakistani intelligence officers of aiding terrorists to destabilize neighboring Afghanistan and attack regional rival India.
We are on the cusp of a new normal, a less hyperbolic relationship - one founded as much on the sustainable continuum of share democratic values instead of only the sharp edge of strategic compulsions, she said. …