March 27, 2005


US unveils plans to make India 'major world power' (AFP, Mar 26, 2005)

The United States unveiled plans Friday to help India become a "major world power in the 21st century" even as it announced moves to beef up the military of New Delhi's nuclear rival, Pakistan.

Under the plans, Washington offered to step up a strategic dialogue with India to boost missile defense and other security initiatives as well as high-tech cooperation and expanded economic and energy cooperation.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has presented to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the Bush administration's outline for a "decisively broader strategic relationship" between the world's oldest and largest democracies, a senior US official said.

"Its goal is to help India become a major world power in the 21st century," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We understand fully the implications, including military implications, of that statement."

He did not elaborate but noted that South Asia was critical, with China on one side, Iran and the Middle East on the other, and a somewhat turbulent Central Asian region to the north.

Astonishingly few outside the Administration though have understood the implications of its several years of India policy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2005 9:49 PM

Looks like the cowboys & Indians are on the same side this time.

Posted by: oswald booth czolgosz at March 27, 2005 10:32 PM

But Oj you forget, Bush is a moron! right? er right?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 27, 2005 10:56 PM

Now just how are the Dems going to attack this idea? I wouldn't be surprised if Pelosi or Reid actually used the word 'raghead' in their "response".

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 27, 2005 11:02 PM

Credit to OJ, who's been saying this longer than anyone else I've heard.

Posted by: Timothy at March 27, 2005 11:05 PM

Second on the kudos to Mr. Judd.

With respect to the Democrats, knowing Kerry and the others, they will disdain any alliances with the brown people, and whine more about failing to engage the Europeans. But Hillary will support the 'new' move towards India.

Posted by: ratbert at March 28, 2005 7:29 AM

Ratbert - I fully expect Hillary to acquire a southern accent and claim she was a lifelong fan of the Texas Rangers as she moves to the center for the '08 nomination.

Posted by: AWW at March 28, 2005 12:03 PM

Hillary probably remembers how to use her southern drawl and will speak with it when necessary. She'll also be observed eating grits, greens and ocra too I imagine.

Posted by: Dave W. at March 28, 2005 9:35 PM