India Eyed for US Great Wall Plan?
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India Eyed for US Great Wall Plan?

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In advance of US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to India this month, a panoply of Republican, conservative and neoconservative strategists in Washington urged him to use his trip to persuade New Delhi to join the United States in a political-military alliance. India, they argued, could serve as the lynchpin of efforts to cement the United States’ role as a superpower in Asia and the Indian Ocean—an anchor in an American scheme to surround and contain a China.

It’s a tempting proposition for a superpower. Over the decades, the United States has gotten used to viewing other nations as pawns and minor pieces on a sweeping chessboard, and for many conservative analysts India was seen not as a great nation in its own right, but as a bulwark against Beijing—just as in an earlier era, Beijing was viewed as a bulwark against the Soviet Union.

For the most part, and to his credit, Obama declined to reduce India to the status of a chess piece. Though he called India ‘the defining partner of the 21st century,’ throughout his visit Obama kept the focus on trade, economics and jobs. ‘During my first visit to India, I’ll be joined by hundreds of American business leaders and their Indian counterparts to announce concrete progress toward our export goal—billions of dollars in contracts that will support tens of thousands of American jobs,’ Obama declared.

But back home, the president’s emphasis on economics disappointed the armchair strategists of the American right. Ever since the inauguration of the US-India strategic dialogue earlier this year, right-wing think tanks in Washington had salivated over the concept of an alliance between the two great nations against China. Ignoring India’s longstanding commitment to a nonaligned stance and neuralgic opposition to entangling alliances, and papering over the very real and significant differences between US and Indian interests, analysts at the American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute and the Heritage Foundation—the leading bastions of neoconservative thought in Washington—envisioned a kind of super-NATO linking the United States and India.

The neoconservatives, who have few channels into the Obama administration, must have been nostalgic for the days of the George W. Bush administration. Back in 2005, Tom Donnelly, a neoconservative military expert at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote that ‘successfully wooing India is key to preserving the liberal, American-led international order.’

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[...] India Eyed for US Great Wall Plan? [...]

Dyson D' Souza
September 2, 2012 at 20:23

I would like to point to the suggestion of getting Indian involvement in Afghanistan is not going to work. Although we had provided support to the Northern Alliance during the stone aged Taliban and provide assistance to post-Taliban Afghanistan there is no way India will ever get militarily involved in that country. Our soldiers have better things to do than clean up or be part of US's mess. Seeing that they aren't able to control post-war Afghanistan is evidenced by its own ill-fated war efforts. Getting other countries to clean up its mess is what its trying to do.

I do agree US will have to choose sides ultimately between Pakistan and India on its on going War on Terror in the future. India on the other hand has already chosen its side wonder when will US do the same.
 

ankit
September 2, 2012 at 19:20

@percy
  agree with u…
 

Percy
August 27, 2011 at 06:47

Mr. Dreyfuss makes a number of important points on a rather complex geo-political issue.

There is no doubt that China wants to project its military power. All you have to do is look at its strategy of circling India-the string of pearls-and its arming Pakistan as a further strategy to tie India down.

On a purely theoretical level it makes good sense to create a very tight economic and military relationship between the US and India. In a sense that is already taking place albeit not at the pace and degree of involvement subscribed to by the neo conservatives.

Although India has among the largest forces in the world, since independence its army has been used against Pakistan for self-defense. It is by and large a peace loving country and to be sure this characteristic has plagued its long history that permitted so many foreign powers to invade India from its earliest history.

I believe that peaceful coexistence between India and China is very unlikely. Whether India likes it or not, it is only a matter of time before it recognizes the China peril, and when it does, it will move closer to the US. But is shouldn’t wait too long.

The Europeans are a spent force and living of its past laurels. The US has over extended itself by a totally unnecessary war with Iraq, and the several thousands of troops stationed around the globe. It is in desperate need of a co-sheriff to counter thugs and terrorists around the globe, and the only country that can provide the muscle is India.

But first and foremost, the US has to get its foreign policy with Pakistan sorted out. It can no longer operate in denial and allow a deeply flawed relationship to hold at ransom the fuller blossoming of the US-India relationship.

Siddharth
May 5, 2011 at 17:58

You would prefer to live under suppression and torture (read China) but not in a free country where you have freedom of speech and all sorts of human rights! (read India)
You are probably the first person does not want basic civil rights! LOL

RJ
March 10, 2011 at 02:29

So the Moguls were native Indians when they first arrived?

Shiva
January 9, 2011 at 17:48

Just out of curiosity, you said ‘average Deepak’… Why was not the ‘average Chan’ included?

Shiva
January 9, 2011 at 17:40

Sorry, but I am not a diplomat (nor diplomatic), but a just a simple thought crosses one’s mind:
i.e. But is not USA too a pawn to how India, Russia, China, Vietnam, Japan, Iran, Arab/Pakistan, etc, etc want to play this game? i.e. Is not USA too not accommodating these nation’s interests?
So before one starts on a tirade against “American hegemony”, please pause to also think how these other nations too manipulate America for their own ends – i.e. It was NEVER a one-way street as those Congress(I) and their Chinese-supporting Maoist (Gandhi?) supporters in India claimed it to be. So to those thinking otherwise, the suggestion is to please get your head from beneath your rear…

False Facts
December 29, 2010 at 01:05

I don’t know what point you’re trying to make. Some of your “facts”, points, etc, whatever they are, seems more like wishful thinking, while others are off, way off, or just plain wrong. Take for example India’s Foreign exchange reserves history. You’re only off by around $2.6 trillion. As of November of 2010, it is $300 Billion (which is 2.5X the USA, but a far cry from $3 Trillion!). As for being the largest democracy in the world, India has a severe corruption/BRIBERY problem, which is not only miserable for poor/lower class Indians, but curtails foreign investment. India’s (ticking time bomb) population of 1.2 billion, which is poised to surpass China (a country with 3X the land mass) will be more of a liability than an asset. India still has 100′s of millions living on $1 a day. In the coming decades, as not just India’s but also the populations of numerous other countries dramatically increase, FOOD will be the #1 concern/problem & consume an increasing amount of India’s resources (imports). Right now, India’s food inflation is 12.5%. That is devastating to the $1 a day class. There are more mistakes but I will end it with your claims that India has the most Billionaires. USA is #1 with 422 while India comes in 5th with 52, & India is NOT the worlds most industrialized nation. USA is still on top, with China close behind, if not surpassing it, Japan is next, followed by Germany, the UK, France, Canada, Italy, then India. India will probably never become a major “Industrial” power. Respectable, or top 5 perhaps, but not #1. They are better at brain power, doctors, technology, computers/programing, etc. It is more likely that India would become a #1/world leader in those fields. While there is no doubt that India is fast becoming a modern, world power, they have a long way to go yet. They still have no (but are working on it/ The Golden Quadralateral) national highway system.

Martin
December 28, 2010 at 06:51

The mission of the modern United States is to ultimately install Cultural Marxism as the state political religion of every nation on earth, first by eradicating any cultural entity capable of resisting it.

Such a program need not be a structured “conspiracy,” in some sort of florid Dan Brown sense, for it to remain unified in its horrible purpose. Rather, the unity of purpose arises inevitably out of the malefic character of the people who hold the tiller of power in the West today. Their common values drive them towards the same goal as surely as if they were formally schooled in the agenda.

The international agenda of the United States is not an inevitable consequence of this time period in history, nor of material conditions, nor of anything more esoteric. Rather, it is the character of the people who have seized Western culture that drives the agenda, an agenda that will continue so long as they rule.

Gary
December 28, 2010 at 05:31

Why is the term “white imperial powers” strange to you, when you imply by stating “our Australian and New Zealand brothers and sisters” a racial alliance against other races?

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