Ok, I'm still trying to figure this one out.
First, the United States is broke. Yet, we can pack up nearly the entire staff of the White House, rent 800 rooms in the Taj Hotel for two nights, take planes, helicopters, countless vehicles AND 34 warships so that Obama can visit Mumbai, India. And for WHAT???? For what????
What grand plan do we have with India that requires such expense and trouble on both sides of the planet? And really isn't this visit just going to agitate the Pakistanis, our "allies" in the War on ______________ (enter words in the blank which we aren't supposed to use any longer). These same Pakistanis whose secret services helped (still do) fund and mobilize the Taliban in Afghanistan for over 20 years?
I just can't figure it. I understand that Obama wants to tuck tail and get outta town for a bit after being drubbed in the election, but holy fuck man! Nearly half a billion dollars to do so? Go hide out at Camp David for a week and invite Indian Prime Minister Singh there on his freakin' dollar! The Indians have got plenty of money.
I dunno, to me it just doesn't make sense. It's not like we are brokering some large scale weapons agreement or some gigantic transnational pipeline project with India. It seems as if Obama has finally got his piece of the pie and is moving on up.
I just read this piece from a Hindu news source:
There has been a good “working progress” on the elimination of obstacles created by dual-use controls of the U.S. as governments of both countries were of the view that the issue need to be reviewed in order to reduce and “ultimately eliminate” it, Ms. Rao said.
She also disclosed that India has invited U.S. companies to explain to them the provisions of its domestic civil nuclear liability law and address their concerns, if any, and also begin discussions on the next steps of implementation of civil nuclear power projects.
I'm not sure why these discussions require the entire White House, much less President Buckethead, to attend direct talks on matters that can surely be handled at the State Department level or lower. Even security issues can be negotiated at a level much lower than the presidential mark. Yet, we have to rent an entire hotel for this and trail 34 warships in the waters off of India? To talk about civil nuclear power and dual-use technology prohibitions?
Forgive me for saying this but. . .I can't wait for this shameless, petty, lying, thin-skinned, self-serving douche to be evicted from the White House come 2012 and it won't be a day too soon. We are the laughing stock of the world thanks to Obama and frankly, we deserve it for electing such a loser.