The death of Osama bin Laden creates an opportunity for the United States to fundamentally re-examine its strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia. Such a re-evaluation must take into account three basic concepts:
• That Pakistan is much more important than Afghanistan from the standpoint of global threats to U.S security interests;
• That U.S. and Pakistani interests, as defined by current elites in Pakistan, are often in conflict;
• That U.S. leverage over Pakistani actions is fundamentally limited.