I had a journalist contact me with a few questions on the Kerry-Lugar bill. Since I haven't been posting properly lately, I thought I'd simply copy and paste my email responses to him as a post. I have more detailed thoughts than the ones presented here, but obviously time considerations are a serious impediment here.
On whether or not the bill means a transformation in U.S-Pakistan relations from a transactional relationship to a broader strategic partnership:
On Pakistani concerns (in the media and political circles) on the U.S. aid being an excuse for a larger footprint in the country with respect to bigger embassies, more personnel and Blackwater types: