The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times (pdf), Wall Street Journal world-wide newsbox, and New York Times all lead with yesterday's unveiling of the big nuclear pact in which the U.S. will give India a helping hand with civilian technology and allow India to ramp up its nukes program. In return, India will give its abiding friendship and will allow international inspectors at civilian plants. Its military program is still off-limits.It's likely that the U.S. couldn't do much to stop India from ramping up it's nuculur arms program anyway. But to do so without regard to any of the international community and previous agreements is plain stupid. And to get "abiding friendship"? Huh?
As the Post puts it, the agreement with India "marked a significant break from decades of U.S. nuclear policy." That's because under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the U.S. and other nuke-holding countries are supposed to give nuclear know-how and fuel only to countries that sign on the treaty and promise to skip making weapons. India hasn't exactly done either. Slate's Fred Kaplan recently detailed how the coming deal violates the NPT, U.S. law, and may be unwise to boot.
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