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  • An Ally We Should Believe In

    New York University Business School professor Tunku Varadarajan writes at Forbes:

    The truth is that, for all his unpopularity in the U.S. (and Europe, and Latin America, and the Middle East, and practically everywhere else outside Albania and Georgia), Bush is a much-appreciated figure in India–at least in high policy circles. As many have noted, both in Washington and New Delhi, the one indisputable foreign policy success of the eight Bush years was America’s invigorating new alliance with India–an alliance that is based as much in a sense of shared ideology (democracy, pluralism, etc.) as it is in strategic need (both countries want a reliable counterweight to China and face a common foe in Islamist terrorism).

    Our own Kim Holmes shares a similar appraisal at the Washington Times:

    By strengthening ties with India, Mr. Bush enhanced America’s strategic position in Asia. The question is: Will Mr. Obama continue and build on that relationship?

    He is not off to a good start. During the campaign, Mr. Obama suggested that the United States should help resolve the Kashmir issue. This statement did not go down well in New Delhi. It raised the prospect of escalating violence in Kashmir as militants would try to influence the outcome of an international agreement. Thankfully, Mr. Obama as president has not repeated this campaign statement.

    U.S. experts on India are also buzzing that the Obama administration may be backing away from Mr. Bush’s emphasis on the importance of our common democratic values. This would be a huge mistake. Democracies don’t agree on everything, but at least they share broad common values. These shared values undergird U.S.-Indian cooperation not only in combating terrorism, but in dealing with other issues, such as Afghanistan, the rise of China, economic development and military arms.

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    3 Responses to An Ally We Should Believe In

    1. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      News flash- The "BUZZ" is that Obama has not done one democratic thing. The term democracy is now socialism. Please read the memo. Change change change. This is the greatest country in the world, and he can fix it. *a-hem* Where is the stock market now? I think the fix is in, and the proof is in the change! Any one remember the phrase " actions speak louder than (just) words"?

    2. Melissa, Houston,TX says:

      I remember the "words, just words." Too bad nobody ran with the fact that both Biden and Obama plagerized just words.

      If I were Indian, I would be very worried about the Kashmir conflict because Obama has a personal connection to Pakistan. A couple of his college buddies were from there and he went to Pakistan during his college years.

      Unfortunately, taking a deep look into the background of the man was forbidden during the campaign. Our concerns were brushed off as if they were a vast right wing conspiracy.

      Yes, India should be worried and so should the rest of the world.

      I just hope that the dow doesn't go to 5,000 today. I have a feeling it will get really close because Obama is on the news right now speaking about the stimulus that supposedly saved the jobs of new police officers in Columbus, OH.

      God bless America!

    3. alex, MI says:

      WOW. there is a real sense of anger and paranoia. I am amazed.

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