You would have thought that with America's appalling relationship with all things Muslim, they would ensure that they stood on solid ground before taking unprovoked and precipitous action.
You would have thought that after the disastrous invasion of Iraq sovereign territory on the back of extremely flaky, and wrong intelligence, they would not do anything again that would smack of incompetence or without being 100% sure.
This weekend saw the CIA launch an unprovoked attack on Pakistani territory in an attempt to kill the "second-in-charge" of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri. Apparently the attack was extremely accurate only killing 18 innocent men, women and children in Damadola along with a lot of cattle, - the village's main source of income, - just one problem, unfortunately, their main target, al-Zawahri, wasn't there.
The reason the attack was launched was because the CIA had "intelligence" that al-Zawahri would be at a meal in the village. That "intelligence" as with a lot of other "intelligence" gathered by the CIA was wrong.
But hey! It's OK because US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says it's OK. OK! Ms Rice said tough tactics are necessary in the fight against al-Qaeda. "We'll continue to work with the Pakistanis and we'll try to address their concerns," she said on Monday. Describing the country as an ally in the "war on terror", she said al-Qaeda and its supporters "are not people who can be dealt with lightly". She said she could not comment on any specific circumstances, of course.
This "working with the Pakistanis" term is intriguing as the impression I have is that the Pakistani Government were not told or involved in this illegal action on foreign sovereign soil. However, the effect of the attack has been to pull more people into the terrorist camp, and even more people, if that was possible, now hate the sight and sound of the USA. Praising Zawahiri as a soldier of Islam, local Islamic militant commander and fugitive, Maulana Faqir Mohammad reportedly said: "I am a small man with few resources but I would offer him refuge if he made a request".
"America raised the bogey of Zawahri to provide justification for this attack," Meraj ul-Huda, an opposition leader, told a rally in the city of Karachi.
So all in all, a pretty successful weekend for the top brass in the US. I presume that both the political and executive heads of the CIA will immediately tender their resignations after yet another bungled operation.
One telling comment came from Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Speaking on the eve of a visit to the US, where he plans to discuss the economy and security issues, Mr Aziz said Friday's incident, though "regrettable", did not take away "from the fact that Pakistan needs investment". So he's going to be pretty tough with the Bush administration when he sees them!