I think it is simplistic to view a country as a monolithic entity with a national ego. And since we are Americans one might think we would avoid this cognitive pitfall easier, as we generally according to our creed support respect for people as individuals and not as vast Marxist tidal epiphenomena.
assume this viewpoint, while possibly being arcane to the political
domestic publicity narrative, is well understood at basic preliminary
levels of diplomatic work. So I view Pakistan as a country like many
others, that has a sort of percentage of support for me and my nation's
interests. The things where win-win situations apply, or are acquirable.
There are negative views of the U.S.; we just wish them to be small
percentages of real sentiment.
It is apparent that we have
common interests with some responsible people in Pakistan, and I for one
appreciate them and that we can work together.
I will continue
to point out that public poseurs suggesting treating another country
like a fantasy entity are foolish and should not be countenanced.
I am equally certain that no one will really take note of this pathetic fallacy, and we will be subjected to a never-ending assortment of "Moscow thinks," "China wants," even "IBM feels," etc., for as long as the wind blows.