26 October 2009: The United States wants an India-Pakistan dialogue to commence excluding the Jammu and Kashmir issue so that it can push the Pakistan army to root out the Al-Qaeda/ Afghan Taliban from their redoubts in North Waziristan and Quetta. What is new about it, or what the US considers novel, is that it feels it has more leverage with the Pakistan army now than anytime in recent history, and that the Pakistan army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is more compelled by internal circumstances to go after the terrorists, whether they are attacking the Pakistan or the Afghanistan state. Before trying to answer whether the US has a valid thesis about Pakistan, and whether any India-Pakistan dialogue will work, it would be sensible to hear out the entire American thinking on the subject.