Friday, April 29, 2011

United States, India relationship at the expense of arms policy

Timothy J. Roemer, announced on Thursday that he would resign from his post , said the United States was “deeply disappointed by this news.”
                       Arms maker surround the pentagon and white house and Obama has made promises to the arms maker to keep in strong financial health.Obama use the prestige of his office to influence sales.
             India, which has listed two European manufacturers as the finalists for an order a new generation of fighter jets estimated to be worth $10 billion. American arms makers have struggled to win big contracts here. After decades of frosty relations during the cold war, which pushed India to rely extensively on the Soviet Union for military hardware, many in the Indian defense establishment are still wary of American intentions.
              The American bid to build the fighters came from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Boeing had offered its F/A -18 jets, and Lockheed Martin pitched its F-16 planes. But India instead narrowed the list to the Rafale fighter from Dassault and the Eurofighter Typhoon jet made by a consortium of European companies. Russian and Swedish bids were also turned down.
              One Indian international affairs analyst, C. Raja Mohan, played down the significance of the American companies’ loss of this deal.“One deal doesn’t make everything,” said Mr. Mohan, a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. “There has been a lot of hype about this deal. We are doing things with the U.S. that we never did before.”
              Nitin Pai, argued that India’s decision would hurt relations with the United States, at a time when the country needed stronger ties with America to advance its interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United Nations Security Council, on which India is seeking a permanent seat.

Source: times


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