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Monday, January 19, 2009

India has a Soft Spot for Bush

India may indeed feel friendly toward the Bush Administration (India has a Soft Spot for Bush, New York Times Week in Review, January 11, 2009: 4)

But that approbation has been bought at a terrible price: the Nuclear Treaty between the USA and India. This horrendous treaty gives India a pass on the requirements of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. They will receive nuclear assistance from the United States without having to comply. Back in September you recognized its problems (A Bad India Deal, September 30, 2008: A30) and correctly editorialized that passage of the treaty "would make it even harder to rein in Iran's (and other's) nuclear ambitions."

Your correspondent in Sunday's paper did your readers a disservice by failing to point out that with this treaty, the United States is contributing to the fragility of the nuclear world order.

Sent to New York Times

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