WASHINGTON - Non-stop crisis between the US and Pakistan this year have brought into sharper focus the differences among the US military, its intelligence network and diplomatic corps, officials said. The issues with Pakistan, including the Nov 26th NATO border airstrike in which 24 Pakistan soldiers died, point to how the US State Department feels diplomacy has been pushed behind military and intelligence priorities, The Washington Post reported on Monday. US diplomats told the Post because of this there is little good will to cushion blows when incidents such as the airstrike occur. The airstrike led Pakistan to decide against taking part in this weeks major international diplomatic meeting in Bonn, Germany, to discuss Afghanistan future, its peace plan with the Taliban and the winding down of the 10-year war there. The newspaper said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried but could not convince Pakistan to change its mind. Many US diplomats see the latest crisis with Pakistan as a disconnect between what one State Department official called short-term security objectives and long-term diplomatic goals, the Post said. The newspaper said the war against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups has led to expansion of the US military and intelligence personnel in other countries. 'In a lot of ways, diplomacy is this historical anachronism, the official told the Post. The newspaper said while US diplomats say they share the impatience of the US military and the intelligence agency, it is also the US goal to convince the Pakistanis that the US wants to help and not harm Pakistan. Another State Department official told the Post 'this whole sovereignty thing is so strong because we do precisely what we want in [Pakistan] territory and this drives them crazy. Knowing they cant do anything about it drives them even more crazy. When we get in a hurry, we dont even bother to fake it. US Ambassador Cameron Munter has said that an apology from Obama would help assuage Pakistani fury over the airstrike. The Pentagon and the White House have insisted on waiting for the investigation to run its course. Far more than his predecessors, Munter has questioned the timing of drone attacks including in the immediate aftermath of previous crisis over the fatal shooting of two Pakistanis by a CIA contractor in January and the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May and asked the White House to clarify whether he has a veto over specific raids, the Post said, citing current and former White House and State Department officials. The Post said the US Defence Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have their own complaints with the US Embassy, which they sometimes see as coddling a dysfunctional Pak government and interfering with core US counterterrorism objectives. Until his retirement in September, Admiral Mike Mullen, who was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the most public face of the bilateral relationship. Mullens trips to Pakistan for face-to-face meetings with Pakistans Army chief, Gen. Kayani, were far more frequent than Clintons visits with the civilian authorities, the dispatch said. When Mullen publicly accused Pakistans military of supporting Afghan insurgent groups in Congressional testimony just before leaving office, some State Department officials said they felt blindsided. On a subsequent visit to Pakistan in October, Clinton insisted on leading a delegation that included CIA Director David Petraeus and Mullens replacement, Gen. Martin Dempsey. But the State Departments efforts to assert at least the appearance of control over US policy are regularly undermined by a steady stream of Congressional visitors to Pakistan who 'all want to visit Kayani, an administration official said. 'They dont want to talk to their civilian counterparts in Pakistans Parliament, 'and they only want to stay a few hours, the official said. Major General (Retd) Mahmud Ali Durrani, a former National Security Adviser to Gilani and former Pakistani Ambassador to the US, agreed with that reality and the impression it leaves in Pakistan. 'You look at the visitors from Washington, Durrani was quoted as saying in the Post. 'They would go and spend time with the President, then most of the serious discussions they had with the Army chief, he said. 'In my view, he said, 'there is one and only one issue between Pakistan and the United States, 'and that is counterterrorism. And that is in the lap of the security establishment. So that, in itself, is a problem, he added.