The India Lobby

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Professors Walt and Mearsheimer had better start sharpening their pencils, for a new threat has arisen: The India Lobby. The two professors who co—authored the notorious "Israel Lobby" paper thought that the existence of a lobby for the US—Israel alliance indicated it the bilateral relationship must not be in our national interest surely will be equally troubled by the emergence of a unified spirit among Indian—Americans to push for ratification of the recent nuclear agreement between the US and India. The Washington Times reports:

The political clout of one of the country's wealthiest and best—educated minorities is being put to the test as the Bush administration faces a tough fight in Congress to pass a major civil nuclear—power agreement with India, one that administration officials say could cement ties with an emerging world power and redraw the strategic map of Asia.  [....]

Sanjay Puri, CEO of the U.S.—India Business Alliance and chairman of the U.S.—India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), said Indian—American groups and U.S. businesses hoping to tap the booming Indian market are already in "full campaign mode" to sell the deal. 

"Frankly, it is a campaign for us, the first of its kind. We've been organizing letters, faxes and calls to congressmen, briefings for lawmakers and staffers, doing whatever we can," he said.

This is precisely the sort of thing the professors find sinister and troubling when Jews do it. We anxiously await the forthcoming attacks on our Indian—American friends. While we fully support closer ties between India and America, surely the professors will not let themselves be caught applying one standard to Jews and another to everyone else?

Or has that already happened?

Hat tip: Ed Lasky

Thomas Lifson   4 10 06

Professors Walt and Mearsheimer had better start sharpening their pencils, for a new threat has arisen: The India Lobby. The two professors who co—authored the notorious "Israel Lobby" paper thought that the existence of a lobby for the US—Israel alliance indicated it the bilateral relationship must not be in our national interest surely will be equally troubled by the emergence of a unified spirit among Indian—Americans to push for ratification of the recent nuclear agreement between the US and India. The Washington Times reports:

The political clout of one of the country's wealthiest and best—educated minorities is being put to the test as the Bush administration faces a tough fight in Congress to pass a major civil nuclear—power agreement with India, one that administration officials say could cement ties with an emerging world power and redraw the strategic map of Asia.  [....]

Sanjay Puri, CEO of the U.S.—India Business Alliance and chairman of the U.S.—India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), said Indian—American groups and U.S. businesses hoping to tap the booming Indian market are already in "full campaign mode" to sell the deal. 

"Frankly, it is a campaign for us, the first of its kind. We've been organizing letters, faxes and calls to congressmen, briefings for lawmakers and staffers, doing whatever we can," he said.

This is precisely the sort of thing the professors find sinister and troubling when Jews do it. We anxiously await the forthcoming attacks on our Indian—American friends. While we fully support closer ties between India and America, surely the professors will not let themselves be caught applying one standard to Jews and another to everyone else?

Or has that already happened?

Hat tip: Ed Lasky

Thomas Lifson   4 10 06