Many Israelis see the president's decision to bypass Jerusalem as part of a broader shift in US priorities in the region.
The operation came after Taliban militants ambushed a convoy, taking hostage at least 80 students and staff of a military school.
India criticized the decision to free Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Diplomatic presence on the scale of Iraq prompts concerns in Pakistan about American meddling
Many Pakistanis have previously accused the government of provoking the Taliban. This time, residents directed their anger at both sides.
They have been used to attack militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But are their benefits outweighed by backlash on the ground?
The aid is partly to offset anger at the US-supported counterinsurgency campaign.
The 1.5 million displaced Pakistanis displaced are waiting in squalid camps to go home. The US offered $110 million in new aid on Tuesday.
Experts see the Islamic fighters as less of a risk than radical insiders gaining access to nuclear materials.
American lawmakers say they haven't been briefed on plans, as some in Pakistan describe the administration as 'confused.'