A controversial nuclear deal between the
United Statesand India appears close to collapse after the Indian prime minister told President Bush yesterday that "certain difficulties" will prevent from moving forward on the pact for the foreseeable future. India
The main obstacle does not involve the specific terms of the agreement but rather
India's internal politics, including fears from leftist parties that Indiais moving too close to the , according to officials and experts familiar with the deal. Besieged over the past two months by growing opposition to nuclear energy cooperation with the United States , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated over the weekend that he would rather save his coalition government than the nuclear pact. United States
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State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters yesterday that the administration still believes the deal is "a good one for the
United States, for and for the broader efforts at nonproliferation." India
Let’s examine this more closely:
the deal is "a good one for the
, United States
It's not good for the
See above—more nukes in the hands of India’s enemies is not good for India, even if this deal in the short term would bind India closer to the still-powerful U.S. and lend its widely-condemned nuclear program some undeserved legitimacy.
and for the broader efforts at nonproliferation."
Not true in this or any other universe.
Opponents of the pact in
Indiainclude an alliance of communist parties that forms a minority bloc in Singh's coalition government and says the agreement brings Indiatoo close to the . United States
Apparently “soft power” means more than just Charmin’s next ad campaign. The U.S. can't ignore international opinion indefinitely without consequence.
Others say the pact could be resurrected if Singh challenges opponents inside his coalition and in parliament. "If Singh went to the polls on this issue, he would win," Green said. "But he would have to run against members of his own coalition to do it. And there's a nervousness about having an election."
If only politicians representing citizens of other countries would decide to pursue the best interests of the