Two going on one. . Kya Karen, budhapa aa raha hai - second childhood.
However, Gerard's post is very interesting (and timely?). Is MMS ending his flirting with Bush? His
"India is a responsible member of the international community and we have a stake in the evolution of a stable and rule-based international system"
is a page right out of AKs talk. So is
"As a possessor of advanced technologies, we will continue to maintain the highest standards of non-proliferation controls
But, what seems to take the cake is
"the reality is that we live in a world of unequal power relations. We live in an uncertain international security environment."
A couple of observations here: this is a shot across the bow of you know who (unequal power relation), and, interestingly, both Condi and MMS have used "we" that could be interpreted in two ways. IF the "we" means India (which is what I think it means) then it is a clear indicator that India needs to control her own strategic interests - that the US better keep out of that loop. I suspect this is a reply to Condi's "we" (passed legislature, etc) - thus the Hyde Act "you" passed is of no importance to "us".
Fellas, the US has lost a great chance IMHO. This is a loss they will feel in a few decades - say by 2040 or so.