Re: Cultural Exchange

by Steven F. Hayward


Your reader’s post is interesting, but the opposite from what’s I’ve heard from a number of Indian sources (some of them through American diplomats in the region). Almost unknown to the American public is the degree of cooperation and help we have received from India; for example, their navy has quietly provided harbor security for our navy ships in Singapore and other far eastern ports, to prevent another Cole-style attack. India can’t do this “in-theater” because it would rile up the Pakistanis.

And that’s the nub of the issue: a lot of Indians tell our military and diplomatic people that the job won’t be done until we take down Pakistan–a coalition India would be most willing to join I bet. I wonder if there isn’t some of this thinking lurking behind what your reader sent in.

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