The Washington Post reports that the State Dept. has asked Congress to keep State’s comments on the US-India nuclear deal secret. It’s not surprising, since the deal is sensitive in both countries. In India, the opposition believes the deal puts too many restraints on India’s nuclear program; in the US, arms control advocates believe that it rewards India for flouting the nonproliferation regime and developing nuclear arms.
To me, one of the most interesting things is that the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs is Howard Berman, replacing Tom Lantos. Lantos was supposed to be the only Holocaust survivor in Congress, although it doesn’t sound like he actually survived much; he was never in Auschwitz, Treblinka, or any of the real death camps. But he was Jewish, and his successor, Howard Berman is Jewish. And who is another country that like India has flouted the nonproliferation regime and developed nuclear weapons? Israel. Israel is not likely to come under much scrutiny in the House.
What’s the impact of the US acceptance of proliferation by India and Israel on the problem countries of the day: Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, now Syria, et. al? Nobody knows for sure, but it’s probably not good. But we (the US) will try to keep quiet about what’s going on in India and Israel, so that we can beat up on the other countries. It might work, but I doubt it. It’s ironic that the Jews, by developing Israeli nuclear weapons, are their own worst enemy in trying to prevent Iran from doing the same thing.