5 April 2010: This writer is reminded of an incident narrated by a Swedish diplomat in the late nineteen-eighties after reading a Wall Street Journal story today. WSJ has pieced together a report of how Pentagon forced Barack Obama to issue a secret directive in December to pressure India and Pakistan to ease bilateral tensions to "win Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan". So much for regular denials from the Manmohan Singh government that the US has pressurized recent and past Indo-Pak talks.