Jul. 18, 2005

America, India and the outsourcing of imperial overreach

In a recent survey showing favorable perceptions of the US, India still has the highest. Meanwhile, it is has been steadily plunging most everywhere else in the world. This is very worrisome for a number of the reasons you have pointed out above. While I hope that the reasons for the Indian perception of the US are creditable ones, I have a fear that it is may be due to the "courting" of the Indian people by a concentrated and intense US military and corporate PR strategy. As was noted above, this is not born of some altruistic.... or even mutual "back-scratching" motive. Far from it.

America, India and the outsourcing of imperial overreach

13 July 2005
The Hindu

America, India and the outsourcing of imperial overreach
In offering to make India a 'major world power', Washington wants a 'low cost ally' whose support in 'low-end tasks' will help free its own military for the 'high-end' military operations central to maintaining its power in Asia.

Siddharth Varadarajan

If there is one document everyone should read to understand the direction relations between the United States and India have begun to take in the past few years, it is The Indo-U.S. Military Relationship: Expectations and Perceptions , a report commissioned by the Pentagon in October 2002.

Written by Juli A. MacDonald of the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC) , a Department of Defense-affiliated outfit, the 131-page report was based on in-depth, off-the-record interviews with 40 senior serving U.S. officials -- including military officers -- and around the same number of serving and retired Indian officials and officers. The aim: to 'reveal the opportunities for and impediments to military-to-military cooperation' between the two countries."


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