This is of course by design . We know both al Qaeda and Taliban are hiding out in Pakistan. Guess who shelled the stalled convoy? Apology accepted. Mission accomplished.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Caveland, Karzai continues to hold meetings with war lords feigning they are peace talks. Peace bought with American dollars or until the other side offers a better deal. The people are wondering why things continue to get worse since we've been there for ten years and billions of dollars of aid money has supposedly come their way. Has no one told them of the corruption within their supposed government? Maybe not. Communication in Afghanistan lacks computers, iPods and such. It's hard to get it out to the hinterlands where our troops are trying to hang on for dear life.
To make matters worse, those mid-level Taliban leaders who might be willing to deal for their betterment, not necessarily their people's, are being encouraged by the Pakistani intelligence agency to resist. Some ally. Actually they're just another rotten egg.
It seems reasonable to assume the bad guys are doing just enough to appease us while awaiting our departure. This is my scenario. While Israel waits for the opportune time to take out Iran's nuclear ability, so India will await opportunity to take out Pakistan's nuclear stockpile to prevent it from falling into the hands of al Qaeda and or the Taliban.
Rosy, isn't it?