December 8, 2006


Nuclear-fuel sales to India OK'd (Foster Klug, 12/08/06, The Associated Press)

Lawmakers reached agreement Thursday on allowing U.S. shipments of civilian nuclear fuel to India, clearing the way for overturning decades of American anti-proliferation policy. [...]

Senior lawmakers from both parties promoted the India plan as a major shift in U.S. policy toward a country that is strategically an important Asian power, one that has long maintained what the United States considers a responsible nuclear program.

The bill would carve out an exemption in American law to allow U.S. civilian nuclear trade with India in exchange for Indian safeguards and inspections at its 14 civilian nuclear plants; eight military plants would remain off-limits.

Congressional action is needed because U.S. law bars nuclear trade with countries, such as India, that have not submitted to full international inspections.

The new special relationship with India dwarfs the minutiae that the striped-pants set obsesses over.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2006 7:55 AM

I wonder if India will have second thoughts about joining the Anglosphere now that it's power is suspect and largely diminished.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2006 10:30 AM

Mrs. Erp, the Anglosphere is the only functional alliance in the world(that I'm aware of). Why do you think that it's power is suspect or diminished? We have control of the seas, air, and high orbit. Yes, we have shown mercy to the children we are punishing. We have the power to decimate(in the Roman sense) Iran, Iraq, heck, Russia. Would that make us powerful? This is the best run war in the history of the world. We lose more men in training accidents. Do you think there is even a sliver of a chance that any of the Anglosphere will be invaded in the next fifty years? Who else in the world can say that?

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at December 8, 2006 10:46 AM

Sorry, of course, "it's" should be "its" above.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2006 11:17 AM

Sorry not to be as clear as I should have been. My meaning is the media is shouting the weakness of our resolve from every rooftop. Notice they've stopped reporting on the sordid machinations of the Democrat leadership.

Emerging free market governments like India's live in a dangerous world and must make decisions about alliances with their security uppermost. No sense outraging China if the U.S. won't stand fast should the occasion arise. After all, we cut and ran in Viet Nam and there seems to be a consensus building that we do the same in Iraq.

Now that the left regained control of congress and looks like they're poised to retake the White House in '08, I wouldn't blame the Indians if they backed away from us. Other of our Anglosphere partners are probably reassessing their positions as well.

I don't think Putin would have been foolhardy enough to have openly used nukes to kill off a low level enemy, in London yet, if Bush was as powerful as he was only a few short months ago. Are the Russians broadcasting that that they have nukes in stock and ready for the holiday sales season? I think the answer is yes.

The question is only who will set them off and when and where on our homeland will it happen.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2006 11:54 AM

As much as I'd hate to loose an American city--or actually any Anglosphere city-- I'm rather sanguine about the possibility. If that happens, 90 year old Liberal New York City grandmothers will be demanding to glass over every capital city in the middle-east.
Once the embers stopped bouncing, our Islamofascist problem would be settled once and for all.

Posted by: ray at December 8, 2006 1:33 PM

I'd rather we didn't wait for it. I have grandchildren living perilously near major cities.

Posted by: erp at December 8, 2006 3:52 PM