"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, March 23, 2006

TIME.com: Would Congress Block the India Nuclear Deal? -- Page 1

TIME.com: Would Congress Block the India Nuclear Deal? -- Page 1: "The U.S.-India nuclear deal George Bush signed with much fanfare in New Delhi on March 2 may not be dead on arrival, but it has certainly landed with a thud on Capitol Hill. Even though it is too early to tell whether opponents will build enough momentum to block the landmark agreement, what's already striking is how silent and unenthusiastic Congress seems over an agreement the Bush Administration hails as critical for cementing a strategic alliance with the world's largest democracy."

The agreement allows India to buy reactor components and nuclear fuel from the U.S. and other countries. Regardless of whether the issue of India having nukes is a negative mark on nonproliferation, India is more of a Democracy than many Democracies.

India has been heading in a more and more democratic direction for quite some time now. It hasn't just been since 9/11 and this is not to belittle the input and assistance from Musharraf's Pakistan; but A. Q. Khan and his network is still a part of recent memory.

The India deal brings that country more into the international fold on this issue now and that isn't a bad thing.


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