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India’s strategic planners aren’t thinking

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  1. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    India’s strategic planners aren’t thinking


    By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

    A number of you have asked me on Facebook and Twitter what I think of India’s recent decision not to buy $10 billion worth of American warplanes.

    I think it was a big mistake on India’s part. Despite what India says, defense purchases like this are about more than just planes. The Indian press has portrayed the country’s decision to buy European jets instead as a very clever strategy of hedging its bets. That’s nonsense.

    First of all, the idea that India’s foreign policy elite are able to think in a strategic and wise way on behalf of the country is highly questionable. These are the people who allied India steadfastly with the Soviet Union and Communist China up until the point that Chairman Mao decided to invade India.

    Then, they doubled down on the bet and backed the Soviet Union, including endorsing the invasions of Cambodia and then Afghanistan. They stood with the Soviet Union right up to the point that the Soviet Union collapsed and it became clear that New Delhi had gotten behind the wrong side in the Cold War.

    This same establishment is now telling us how clever they are being.

    The fundamental fact is India needs the United States more than the United States needs India. The U.S. economy is $15 trillion; I think it will survive the loss of this $10 billion deal!

    For the Indians, they lost a lot of goodwill at a crucial time. The Americans felt they had bent over backwards to do favors for India. The U.S. was the indispensable force in ending India’s nuclear apartheid, for example. Then India blew an opportunity to cement that positive relationship.

    India needs America. First of all, this is because India’s immediate security is entirely dependent on maintaining a stable relationship with Pakistan. India is unable to forge a stable relationship itself for all kinds of historical reasons. The Pakistan-Indian relationship is just so fraught.

    America is a very useful interlocutor because India’s and America’s interests in a place like Afghanistan are identical: stability and the absence of terror groups. India could gain a very powerful ally in America who also has enormous influence over Pakistan.

    Secondly, the rise of China is the big strategic problem for India over the next 25 years and once again the single most important outside power in the context of the rise of China is the United States. This is true from an economic, political and military point of view.

    So looking at that strategic landscape, you have to ask yourself, “What are Indian strategic planners thinking?†My guess is they’re not thinking. This is the scratching of old, non-aligned itches. Left wing ideology, which has been beaten back and exposed as bankrupt in the economic realm, has found some place in the political realm.

    Maybe it will take 20 years, but just as surely as India’s very clever strategy during the Cold War proved to be a profound mistake, people will look back on what India is doing right now and say that it had a chance to build an extraordinary and close relationship with the United States and it blew it.

    I hope that’s not what happens but the Indians certainly seem on course to do just that.
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  2. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    its nothing to do with India's strategic planners ... US is angry because it lost 10Billion $ business ... and about this Fcuker Fareed Zakaria... has no credibility...

    Stop wasting our time ...
     
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    Trendz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    a dump article
     
  4. neil_diablos

    neil_diablos Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Incredibly crappy article! Thanks Uncle Sam but we don't need to smell your over-rated fecal matter any longer. Take a hike and go supply Pakistan with some more "aid" so that they can fund the terrorists to go and blow up your ass time and again!
     
  5. Gessler

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    Zakaria is a proven copycat and a liar.

    India and US will continue with their relationship regardless of what aircraft is bought. And
    they will continue to do so until the chinese devil ceases to exist. After that it'll be 1971 re-visited,,,
    India & Russia on one side and US & Pakistan on the other. But if pakistan too is destroyed and
    occupied by India in the meantime, then it calls for a total East v/s West showdown, probably a
    nuclear war and then the Earth will be destroyed with nukes. The world will expierience a nuclear
    winter for 4,000 years and then new mutated beings adapted to NBC environment will start life anew on
    the globe.

    Thats it.
     
  6. neil_diablos

    neil_diablos Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    I doubt it will come to that. If it does, then Pakistan would be destroyed regardless as they neither have the balls, finances, manpower and resources to conduct a full scale war. US has already burnt her fingers in Pakistan for years and must have been thinking, "Boy, did we bet on the wrong horse!" Thus I doubt US will support Pakistan any longer!
     
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  7. That Tall Guy

    That Tall Guy 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    They will boy, they will.. They want a presence in Asia region to counter, chinese and Russians(If in future) and wont jus give up PAK and AF territory that easily after pouring in all the money they did till now.. But if they have ne brains they should literally think about
     
  8. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    So we need to buy American warplanes to be cozy with Pakistan. Okay bro. :argh:
     
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