Good Signs (for the fight against Russia)

There are good signs in the news today about the world coming to terms with other countries being nuclear powers.  First, India is now able to buy supplies for its nuclear power plants on the open market.

Slashdot | India Joins Nuclear Market
figona brings news that India will be allowed to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). A waiver was approved yesterday that provided an exception to the requirements that India sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. This means India will be able to buy nuclear fuel from the world market and purchase reactors from the US, France, and Russia; something it has been unable to do since it began nuclear testing in 1974 (which inspired the creation of the NSG). 

Second, there is news that Shimon Peres (the President if Isreal) opposes strikes against Iran.   Peace with Iran is important if we are serious about responding to Russia’s invasion of Georgia.  (This follows earlier news that America and Iran have seriously toned down their rhetoric).

Real grand strategy means prioritizing.  Russia’s invasion of Georgia was a crime against peace more serious than anything since the 9/11 attacks or Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.  Weakening Russia, strengthening the New Core around Russia, and absorbing Seam states on the frontier with Russia, are thus important goals of the United States.  More important than enforcing dead-letter nuclear proliferation treaties, that would deny India and Iran nuclear power… and nuclear weapons.

4 thoughts on “Good Signs (for the fight against Russia)”

  1. i understand prioritization, but i still don’t understand what we get out of cosying up to iran. aren’t we still the great satan, or did i miss the update?

  2. doug,

    Thanks for the comment!

    i understand prioritization, but i still don’t understand what we get out of cosying up to iran.

    Among other benefits

    (a) an ability to focus on other threats instead
    (b) increased help against the Taliban
    (c) increased worldwide oil production
    (d) an route for getting Caspian energy to Europe
    (e) assistance in protecting the peace of Iraq
    (f) less conflict with the interests of India and China
    (g) increased help for Azerbaijan

    &c.

    aren’t we still the great satan, or did i miss the update?

    Talk is cheap. Interests are real.

    We were still the ‘metropole’ after we warmed up to China. It still was a great coup.

  3. I was going to bash you for the last sentence:

    “More important than enforcing dead-letter nuclear proliferation treaties, that would deny India and Iran nuclear power… and nuclear weapons.”

    My quick response was, well, duh, India HAS nuclear weapons but I then realized you were making the point that both India and Iran having nuclear weapons is not a game changer.

    One problem I have with NPT mandarins is that the NPT is a great tool for SLOWING down nuclear proliferation. Indian nuclear tech (and missiles) are around the late 1950s and 60s. It was never intended to be an absolute ban; just a breather to get us to a point where peace could break out. Somewhere along the line we gave too much totemic power to nukes and the threats they pose, and the NPT mandarins take advantage of that.

  4. charlie,

    Thank you for the patience, and the understanding. 🙂

    One problem I have with NPT mandarins is that the NPT is a great tool for SLOWING down nuclear proliferation. Indian nuclear tech (and missiles) are around the late 1950s and 60s. It was never intended to be an absolute ban; just a breather to get us to a point where peace could break out. Somewhere along the line we gave too much totemic power to nukes and the threats they pose, and the NPT mandarins take advantage of that.

    A great summary. I agree.

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