The Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, will plead with President George Bush today to change a policy which is being blamed for one of his country's worst terrorist atrocities.
"We hope the US will change policy because this is what is needed," said Pakistan's ambassador to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, after 53 people were killed and more than 250 injured in the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.
He argued that the Bush administration's decision to allow cross-border incursions from Afghanistan into Pakistan, including by ground forces on at least one occasion, had been counterproductive "because they are not killing high-value targets, they are killing civilians".
Notice how obliquely the blame was laid for this bombing.
Zardari, and the Pakistani intelligence agencies are no fools; they know precisely what happened. But that's not something that can be said in public, particularly when you are looking for millions more in support from the US.
Unfortunately, Zardari will not get what he wants from Bush regarding stopping these raids. And if Bush doesn't get what he wants from Zardari in terms of permission for US and NATO ground forces to pound the Pakistani border areas with impunity, look for even more drone strikes, potentially followed by a coup lead by a much more "US-pliant" member of the Pakistani military.