- Editorial, The Pioneer (India):
- Partly as a result of his country’s economic crisis, he has bent over backwards to
- accommodate (Communist) China.
- His open advocacy of protectionism has been most
- a special mention that was extraordinarily impolitic and did not go unnoticed in India.
- This past week, the Obama team reversed a decade of American nuclear pragmatism and went back to an
- outdated non-proliferation agenda that should have died, really, in the 1990s.
- as a second-tier power.
- There has been a remarkable absence of clarity on Mr Obama’s strategic goals.
- In the early months, it was easy to pretend he was making up his mind.
- Now, it would seem he has no mind.
If the Obama Administration’s most recent thoughts on AfPak are taken as final,
- the American President is looking to cut and run.
- in time for his re-election.
This formidable combination of wealth, geography, religious appeal, unending foot-soldiers and nuclear weapons would create a monster power straddling south and west Asia. To some degree, it could be offset by a strong India and a stable Iran, which would flank AfPak. However, Mr Obama is determined that Teheran must not pursue its Bomb and India should be pressured to sign the NPT.
- Strangely, he has not considered asking Pakistan to give up its nukes in return for billions of dollars of
- “sustained and expanded commitment”.
- inexperienced in global affairs and unequal to the international situation before him.
- He is completely out of his depth and will probably leave behind a dangerous and unsure legacy.
- India could have done without this neophyte."