U.S. Announces Nuclear Exception for India – New York Times

On how many levels is this just wrong?

From: U.S. Announces Nuclear Exception for India – New York Times.

Three years after President Bush urged global rules to stop additional nations from making nuclear fuel, the State Department today announced that the administration is carving out an exception for India, in a last-ditch effort to seal a civilian nuclear deal between the countries.

“The United States and India have reached a historic milestone in their strategic partnership by completing negotiations on the bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation,” the department said in a statement.

The announcement follows more than a year of negotiations intended to keep an unusual arrangement between the countries from being defeated in New Delhi.

First of all, since when does the United States unilaterally decide who gets to have nukes and who doesn’t? Shouldn’t that be a function of global treaties, and not some bilateral agreement in which one country gives the other permission? Don’t any of the countries around India, especially the ones within missile range, have a say in this?

And what sort me message does this send to those countries, anyway, especially Pakistan. Pakistan has nukes, and they seem to have formed a sort of alliance with al Qaeda; does this give de facto to Pakistan to step up its nuclear program? Do we really want someone like Musharraf stepping up his nuclear program, especially given that he was never elected, and is subject to coup at pretty much any time.

Where do we get off demanding that Iran stop its nuclear program from one side our mouths, while sanctioning India’s nuclear program from the other.

Though this story is kind of flying under the radar a bit, this could end up a major foreign policy disaster, especially at a time when we’re threatening other nations to the point that they really want to have a nuke, just in case.

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