http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/18/cia.pakistan.airstrikes/index.html Do you think that the US airstikes in Pakistan are effective from military, diplomatical, political points of view? Maybe the experts and decision makers in the CIA and the Pentagon don't understand these arguments? Unlikely. But for them international image of the USA is not an issue at all. Apparently the CIA hasn't other means at own disposal and the strikes are a confession that the CIA hasn't a net of local agents in respective areas of Pakistan.