Weak: Obama thinking of halting drone attacks in Pakistan

Sources close to the administration said the policy, which is the only direct means the US has of targeting terrorist leaders, was being “re-evaluated” because of its adverse affect on public opinion and its value to the Taliban as a propaganda tool.

“I have no doubt there is a change of mood,” said a Washington source. “The administration recognises that the political challenges are so immense for Pakistan’s government that the US has to re-evaluate what it has regarded as an otherwise successful programme.”