Listen, BBC, I have a job, alright? Maybe that doesn't mean anything to you, but it means something to me, gosh darnit. I would appreciate if you would save all your Kevin-angering news stories until the weekend. kthxbye.
Anyway, the US -- and when I say "US" I mean, "both sides of the congressional aisle" -- is putting the finishing touches on a nuclear deal with India for civilian energy. On the surface, that sounds like a great plan. India's not really a threat or even an enemy to us, so there's very little chance this'll blow up in our faces (pun intended). Further, India is a country that really, really needs something like this, what with its billion people and all.
Here's the thing: We're doing this the wrong way. For some reason, we agreed for the right to inspect their civilian facilities, but not their military ones. And, we're not requiring India to sign the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Act. (India's refusal to sign is the reason we haven't been doing nuke business with them for the past thirty years. We have suddenly changed our stance on the issue.)
To be fair, India has a better track record with nuclear weapons than we do. It would even be wise to say that maybe they should be watching us instead of the other way around. They have "we won't start it but we'll end it" official policy, which is better than us, again. Besides the point that the NPT is really just a piece of paper. If someone really wanted to bomb us, or build up their nuclear aresenal, they will.
This is what gets me though: Bush said this about the transaction, "This agreement sends a signal to the world: Nations that follow the path to democracy and responsible behaviour will find a friend in the United States of America."
This is what I heard: If you are our friend, the rules don't matter.
The NPT is not a small deal worldwide. Countries that don't have nuclear arsenals, countries that couldn't even possibly have nuclear arsenals, have to sign this thing. India has refused on principle, which is cool, but, on principle, that means you shouldn't get any benefits.
We have decided (France too, I shouldn't leave them out) that even though India refuses to play by the rules that we all established long ago, just because they are our friends, we will help them out.
Secretly, I think we want them to bomb Pakistan or China for us, but whatever.