1) Lifting of restrictions on Indian entities. Hmm. So we're to be thankful that sanctions, unjustly imposed, are now being removed. And we're to treat their removal as a favour... a "plus"... a sign of a "burgeoning strategic partnership."
Perhaps we should keep this in perspective by remembering that, after the '98 tests, the US was more concerned than any other P-5 nation about punishing us and sanctioning/blacklisting Indian entities... by a long shot. The Russians didn't sanction us. The French didn't sanction us. The UK-poodle didn't sanction us either. Even the Chinese didn't sanction us! It was the Americans who decided we needed to be taught a lesson by blacklisting our industrial and research facilities.
Today the US wants to sell big-ticket items to those facilities, and others like them, that India now has the hard cash to pay for. The US needs hard cash to bolster its flagging economy.
So they're "giving us back" something they had no right to take away from us in the first place, and acting like their largesse represents a huge gain in the relationship for India.
It's like me borrowing a book from you, never returning it, and many years later gift-wrapping it and giving it to you as a birthday present! And then, expecting you to be grateful!
Hack-thoo (into their outstretched hand.)
2) "Support" for entry into international organizations like the NSG, Wassenaar and whatever the hell else. Oh goody. You mean the very same organizations which were designed *specifically* to keep India out of the nuclear club and formalize the writ of the P-5 in dividing the world into "legitimate" nuclear haves and have-nots? Initiated largely by the United States, almost exactly coincident with India's peaceful nuclear explosion of 1974?
Again, the only reason they want us in these clubs now is to be able to sell us reactors and fissile materials for hard cash. Let's remember, again, that we have the nuclear industry to market reactors and fissile materials to, BECAUSE their attempts at making our nuclear industry a pariah failed. Likewise, the reason we have hard cash to pay for reactors and fissile materials is BECAUSE their attempts to cripple our economic growth with sanctions failed.
Hack-thoo (into their outstretched hand, again.)
3) "Support" for our entry into the permanent-members club of the UN Security Council. I will not hold my breath waiting for even this hollow honour to materialize.
Meanwhile, what a circus. Having promised the Pakis $2.5 Billion in India-specific military aid not even a week ago, Obama maintains his Pakistan-apologism to the bitter end of his visit... a sure sign, if any, how tightly the ISI vice has gripped his cojones. He begs and begs like a Mushy or Qureishi for Indian investment, Indian big-ticket purchases, anything at all from India to revitalize the American job market... just months after signing a bill clearly targeting the Indian outsourcing industry.
This level of shamelessness he must have learned during his student days from his beloved Pakistani roommate.
And Robert Gibbs! This swine was the originator, IIRC, of the utterly racist "Hillary Clinton D-Punjab" comment. He is now the Press Secretary of the Obama White House.
His arrogant contempt for India, our rule of law, and our institutions was made quite apparent even while he was a guest in our country.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20 ... ss-dispute
But during President Obama's trip to India, Gibbs assumed the role of press advocate and threatened to pull Obama out of bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh because three U.S. reporters were blocked from covering the meeting.
The Washington Post's Scott Wilson—who was on White House pool duty Monday and filed the report for the White House press corps—wrote that "Gibbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull" President Obama out of the meeting "unless 'the White House 8,' as we've come to be known, were all allowed in."
As the discussion continued, Gibbs grew more animated.
"At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot," Wilson continued. "More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious" about pulling Obama, the press secretary had the security retinue's full attention.
What if they HAD broken the racist douchebag's foot? It might have given him pause to think (as the Obama administration evidently does) that they can get away with literally anything in India, peddling us sugar-coated cr@p and asking for our hard-earned money in custom, while arming our existential enemies against us.
I wonder if we would have seen broken-foot Gibbs hobbling in to the MMS meeting and dragging out Obama, with his arms still outstretched, still begging for MMS' backing on the MMRCA deal.