Congress will be asked by the Bush Administration to approve $20 billion in advanced weapons and planes for Saudi Arabia…The US hopes to have assuaged this by offering Israel an aid package totaling $30.4 billion over the next ten years.
In addition to promising an increase in American military aid to Israel, the Pentagon is seeking to ease Israel’s concerns over the proposed weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by asking the Saudis to accept restrictions on the range, size and location of the satellite-guided bombs, including a commitment not to store the weapons at air bases close to Israeli territory, the officials said.
The officials said the plan to bolster the militaries of Persian Gulf countries is part of an American strategy to contain the growing power of Iran in the region and to demonstrate that, no matter what happens in Iraq, Washington remains committed to its longtime Arab allies.
President Bush signed the United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Promotion Act in December. “If the US-India agreement is really consistent with the letter and spirit of the Hyde Act, as the administration claims, why won’t they release the text?” Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). “If they’re afraid of letting us read the document, then I can only surmise that it includes provisions they fear will raise the hackles of Congress,” he added. “They’re turning the Hyde Act into the hide-and-go-seek act, but no level of diplomatic double-speak will stop Congress from investigating why India is claiming such enormous concessions.”
Critics of the US-India nuclear cooperation agreement warn that it promotes the proliferation of nuclear weapons because it allows India, which has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to gain nuclear fuel. Currently, all states except China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and the US must forswear nuclear weapons to access civilian nuclear technology. India, Pakistan, and Israel are the only three states that have refused to sign the treaty. North Korea withdrew from the treaty in 2005.
“The most recent agreement between Washington and New Delhi, negotiated last week, was deliberately written in a way that can be interpreted differently by the two sides,”…Contrasting statements seemed to bear our Kralev’s reporting. Burns argued that if India were to test a nuclear weapon again, the US could demand the return of nuclear fuel it had supplied to India’s civilian energy sector.
“If there is ever any reason for the United States to have to invoke the right of return, we could certainly do so,” he said. But according to India’s Economic Times, the country’s leaders claimed it was not bound by any restrictions regarding nuclear testing.
So India counters ‘Islamic’ Pakistan (and things are not working out there for their client dictator) and the deals makes the projected largest country by population a close imperial ally in case China gets uppity. Saudi dictators and their oil are kept sweet with of course Israel getting the huge payout because, well it’s America’s nuclear pal in the Arab world and overall the pressure on Iran is kept up. And thankfully capital that could feed, house and educate humans is spent on shiny stuff that goes bang! Phew.