Reading the tense
US officials, we are told, “are continuing to press Pakistan to accept more American trainers, an issue likely to come up in the meetings next week.”
Pakistan has balked, American officials said, because it does not want a large American presence in its country.
“There’s a red line about our advisers and any foreign boots on the ground in Pakistan right now,” a senior administration official said. He said that the United States was “doing everything we can within the constraints that are currently placed on our engagement to be as helpful as we can.” [NYT, emphasis added]
That’s Richard Holbrooke, in all likelihood. In any case, the use of the time dimension with respect to those red lines is interesting.