27 October, 2020

Patriot Games

The US offer of the missile excites India but there's many a slip midway

Jitender Gupta
Patriot Games
India can have a piece of Star Wars if it so desires. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld's offer to sell the Patriot anti-missile system is being hailed as a foreign policy breakthrough because the US administration has at last put on the table a weapon which will be the main protector of its own army in the future.

The offer came consequent to the assurances provided by India, completing a predetermined "sequence of events" within the framework of the strategic partnership dialogue, sources said. Once the Americans were satisfied about India's ability to protect US technology from third countries, Rumsfeld's office gave the green signal to Raytheon to provide the 'classified briefing' on the subject to New Delhi. Indian ambassador to the US, Ronen Sen, said the briefing is expected soon.

But overly optimistic scenarios built on shining new American arms flowing to India and one-upmanship over killer weapons for Pakistan may be premature because Rumsfeld is but one actor in the complex "inter-agency process" involving the White House, the state and commerce...


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