Why is it that, after three years of crying about how George Bush has been ignoring the rest of the world and going it alone in the War on Terror, that Legacy Media has barely let out a peep about this?
The United States and India signed a 10-year agreement paving the way for stepped up military ties, including joint weapons production and cooperation on missile defense. Titled the “New Framework for the US-India Defense Relationship” (NFDR), it was signed on June 27/05 by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and India’s Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Given India’s size, emerging wealth, and strategic location, this seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered. And the deafening silence from Bush critics just strengthens my belief that it’s not the lack of allies that they don’t like, but who those allies are. Or rather, who they aren’t.
Under the NFDR, Washington has offered high-tech cooperation, expanded economic ties, and energy cooperation. It will also step up a strategic dialogue with India to boost missile defense and other security initiatives, launch a “defense procurement and production group,” and work to cooperate on military “research, development, testing and evaluation.” Given India’s broken military procurement system, the know-how transfer will be every bit as valuable as the technology transfer – maybe more so.
And the agreement doesn’t stop there…
During the ceremonies, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed India’s position that all military technology restrictions should be dropped. He won’t get his wish immediately, but they’ll be eased considerably, from fighter aircraft to the even more important maritime patrol category. Those barriers will diminish even further as trust and cooperation grow.
In the area of missile defense, for instance, efforts will begin with efforts to secure approval of Patriot PAC-3 missiles for India (previous offers had involved less advanced PAC-2s). No word on whether the Israeli-American Arrow THAAD missile defense system, which India has previously sought, would also be approved.
Furthermore, the MFDR envisages joint and combined exercises and exchanges between both sides, naval pilot training…and increased cooperation in the areas of worldwide peacekeeping operations and expansion of interaction with other nations “in ways that promote regional and global peace and stability.” [emphasis mine]
That. Last. Part. Is. Huge.
It could affect things going on right now, of course, in any number of ways. But even more importantly it could form the foundation of a more secure future, safer from both little threats and large.
Remember this next time we hear about how that cowboy in the White House is acting all unilateral and everything. In fifty years this could be seen as a major turning point in 21st Century history.
You really should go read the whole thing. Apparently no one in Legacy Media is going to talk about it much…