If we are going to indulge in a whinefest and idle speculation, whilst high on Afghanistan's finest why stop there? Say that the US will add Bakistan to NATO, give them 100 F-35's for free, slap Iran-like sanctions on India and force us to give up the whole of Kashmir to Pak and Ladakh to China. All is lost onlee and we Indians should cower in our dark places waiting for our impending doom
It's not idle speculation, something larger is afoot. Especially after the cheenis have been badly and most unexpectedly spooked by the art 370 abrogation.
The QUAD is between the hans and the amerikis. At the moment, we are mere window dressing, a department store if you will, for food, fuel, ship repairs and crew R&R.
I cannot figure out exactly why the aussies want in now and why suddenly they are trying so hard.
Attitudes in white supremacist populations do not change so easily, and that too, within the time span of less than a single decade
The forces in the gulf and ME are realigning, and israel is also casting its net wider. the pakis are currently out of favor both with riyadh and teheran and that is certainly a first. turki is queering the pitch for europe and russia as well.
after the longest time we seem to have lost/losing russki support with the frenchies pitching in
the pakis are lost to the US because the cheenis have them in a death grip. This death grip was on the cards for tens of decades because the cheenis have been consistent in their long range planning. Aksai chin was not a flash in the plan and nor is the CPEC as it is playing out only with the paki army and ignoring the civil administration. this has implications and repercussions for any future civil govt or even future elections affecting the aam pakis and the trouble making mulla/allah brigades
we will have to counter the hans/pakis/amerikis but we have to await the unfolding of more events to see some clarity.
No one is suggesting that it's all going to happen tomorrow or even that all is lost.
after hearing doval say that we will fight on foreign lands, one hopes that we have not committed to boots on the ground in aid of the amerikis anywhere, especially not in afghanistan.
there is one more promised but still pending big deliverable to India, and that troublesome devil is the NSG and that will be lurking in the hidden part of the QUAD iceberg.