Skip to comments.Atomic agency hails US-India deal (IAEA and ElBaradei Support the Nuclear Deal!!)
Posted on 03/02/2006 5:15:41 PM PST by indcons
The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has welcomed a nuclear agreement between the US and India.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief (IAEA) Mohammed ElBaradei said it would boost non-proliferation efforts.
The UK and France also hailed the deal. But it was criticised by some members of the US Congress, who said it would lead to the spread of nuclear weapons.
Under the accord, India gets access to US civil nuclear technology and opens its nuclear facilities to inspection.
US President George W Bush - who finalised the agreement with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi - called it "historic".
However, Mr Bush admitted it might be hard to get it through the US Congress, which must ratify it.
The BBC's Jonathan Beale in Washington says Mr Bush has a fight on his hands, after being accused of sending out the wrong signal just as America and its allies try to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.
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"It allows for International oversight of India's Nukes and allows India to buy state of the art technologies. It was a very smart move no matter how much the Perpetually Pissed Caucus trys to deride it."
You got it right, Johnnie. Agree 100%...this was a very smart, logical and a brave move by Pres. Bush. An article I read yesterday noted that when Clinton was in India, he partied a lot, danced around with people from all over the country, and was just unprepared to discuss policy.
On the other hand, Pres. Bush eschewed these photo-ops (like the visit to the Taj Mahal) and concentrated on the vital partnerships re: WOT, energy independence, trade, and spread of democracy.
Despite his success, the president's visit has been continually mocked by the American, European, and Australian MSM for the last 2 days.
How about removing comment 15 also?
This "lead" will disappear over the next ~30 years.
Can anything be done to return America to the position of overwhelming economic advantage, short of withdrawal from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty?
I like Idia... but I don't think we should share ANY of our technology with anybody.
Thats a rather cynical thing to say.
The US is the grandaddy of realpolitik (remember the Kissinger era?) and seldom makes deals if it doesn't stand to gain in some way. This deal can be a winner for both parties but it needs working, as usual.
Besides, cheer up. India is an anglophone nation and the english speaking nations have seldom let down uncle sam (OK< count out Canada during the Iraq war) when push came to shove. Now more than ever, India and the US are going to take the same path and I hope in time, a generation down the line, India will be as allied with us as the US and Aus. are now. China, Russia, France or Germany certainly wont.
That is no longer a US advantage.
Oops, that should be UK and Aus.
/Typo. My bad.
Here's the cruncher.
IIRC, India has most of the world's thorium reserves along its Malabar coast. Throium that goes into its fast breeder reactor program. In fact, if I have this right, India is currently the world leader in Thorium based nuke energy research if only because nobody else quite has reserves like that.
A nuke deal where thorium based tech can be shared with the US would be nice. No more one way handing down tech and aid anymore. India has exported its best brains to the US, well, how about finished tech - a much more complete product?
India and America together would have a tech advantage in the world. Each by itself would be lost in the crowd.
A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon it adds up to real money.
"The U.S. is over 8 trillion dollars in the hole. $8,000,000,000,000. Eight million billion.
If you were 100,000 thousand dollars in the hole, would you be considered solvent?
Solvent? By whose standards?"
If you were making $120,000 do you think you could manage an $80,000 low interest loan? If you couldn't, you'd probably never buy a home. Our GDP is nearly 12 trillion dollars and we're carrying 8 trillion in debt, we'll be fine.
Thanks. I hope you're right.
In fact, if anyone cared enough to read the leftist anti-American cesspol propagandas, they will find that each time when the US and country X signs an agreement to do something, "Country X sells out to the US on issue Y and it gains minimal/nothing in return!" If you trust the MSMs of these countries, you would have thought the US gains everything and Country X nothing.
Trust me, I have read enough of the leftist tripes, from the anti-American noisy people in Taiwan, to the Australian Hard Left in Australia, to the hardcore Greens in Germany.
Japan is #2
"It was great to see Gregory make a fool of himself but sad to see the MSM treat this success by Pres. Bush with such superficial coverage."
Seriously! I don't know what's up with them. After I turned on the news it was 15 minutes of something about car sales, then 10 minutes of Natalee Holloway, then about 20 minutes of some kid in Colorado who taped his teacher's left wing rants, and then 1 minute of coverage of Bush's trip to India.
And then about a billion HOURS of the car bomb in Pakistan. >:(
For some reason, the MSM are not giving this story much coverage. :(
I wouldn't "certainly" count France + Germany out. They're still in NATO, and both have troops in Afghanistan. Germany has the most after the US, I believe.
Germany + America = friends.
France, too, except they are friends we have a lot of disagreements with.
Well we should share some of our technology, with friendly nations. Of course we keep our most sophisticated stuff classified just like any other country.
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