February 7, 2008

ONE OF THE FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT THIS PRESIDENCY...:

India shoots out of Iran's orbit (Praful Bidwai, 2/08/08, Asia Times)

The Indian government justified the launch on technical and commercial grounds. But Nabizadeh said, "We hope the issue could be considered from the political point of view also. Our relationship with India is very strong and good. Many are trying to destroy [that] relationship. We hope that wise and independent countries such as India would not give their space technology to other countries to launch instruments for spying against friendly countries like Iran."

Nabizadeh added, "The United States continues to be hostile [to Iran], and even today is trying to create problems between Iran and its friendly countries. We expect friendly countries to realize this ..."

Although Iran has not conveyed its view to New Delhi at the official level, the ambassador said, "Informally, yes, we have had a discussion."

"The fact that the Iranian ambassador chose to go public on this issue shows that Tehran takes it seriously and is deeply uncomfortable with India's close collaboration with Israel in the military and space fields," Qamar Agha, an expert based at the Center for West Asian Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia University in the capital, told Inter Press Service.

The Indian authorities could not have been unaware of Iran's sensitivity on the spy satellite issue. The Israeli media have reported, quoting military sources in Jerusalem, that the TECSAR satellite, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, is meant to keep a watch on Iran's nuclear activities.


...is that you can't even begin to make the folks who think W is stupid understand the importance of some of his key policies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2008 8:03 AM
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.is that you can't even begin to make the folks who think W is stupid understand the importance of some of his key policies.

Of course, one of the key deficiencies is that, due to his shortcomings in the area of speech, neither can W. Sadly.

Posted by: kevin whited at February 7, 2008 3:04 PM

How can we disdain Slick Willie and Smooth Obama both of whose main talent is the gift of gab and also disdain the president for not having it.

Bush should have a high level spokesperson to make speeches and take questions. He needs to set and implement policy not trade jokes, play the saxophone or tap dance on late night talk shows.

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2008 4:42 PM
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