(ISLAMABAD) -- In a press conference in Islamabad Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Pakistan that it had tolerated safe havens inside its borders for too long.
"If you have a snake in the backyard, you can't expect it to only bite the neighbors," Clinton said. "It's eventually going to bite you."
The point of that story and her 24-hour trip to the country is clear: lead a high-level delegation along with the U.S.' top spy and top military official to collectively tell the Pakistanis that they need to make a choice -- either kill the Afghan Taliban that has safe havens in Pakistan, help the U.S. kill the Afghan Taliban, or bring the Afghan Taliban to the table.
The key event was Thursday night, when Clinton, CIA Director David Petraeus and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey met with Pakistan's army and ISI chiefs.
It is not yet known how the meeting went, but in the words of one senior U.S. official, it was "tough."
In Friday's press conference, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar admitted there were militant safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border, but insisted that it was time to "give peace a chance" -- code for political talks with the Afghan Taliban.
Clinton echoed Khar's remarks, saying that the goal of her trip wasn't only about attacking militant safe havens.
"The support from the Pakistanis on al Qaeda has been effective. Now we have to turn our attention to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network," Clinton said. "We have to get them to talk, and if that fails, then we need to deal with the threat."
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