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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005

    Who Polices the Police?

    Or the country that acts like the world police?
    While we deny it for others we push to build more of our own?


    Bush calls for nuclear construction by 2010

    US President George W. Bush warned that US dependency on oil left the country “hostage” to countries that may be hostile and urged new nuclear plant construction by 2010.

    “Some of the nations we rely on for oil have unstable governments, or fundamental differences with the United States,” he said during a trip here, without naming the countries to which he was referring. “These countries know we need their oil and that reduces influence. It creates a national security issue when we’re held hostage for energy by foreign nations that may not like us,” said Bush.

    Drawing on the examples of France, China, and India, the president pushed a $1.1 billion program to promote the construction of new nuclear power plants, something the United States has not done since the 1970s. “We ought to start building nuclear power plants again. I think it makes sense to do so. Technology is such that we can do so and say to the American people, these are safe — and they’re important,” he said. The US leader, echoing remarks he made at his State of the Union speech last month, said the United States was “addicted” to oil and that some crude imports came from countries that have “unstable governments or fundamental differences with the United States.”

    In his speech to the US Congress on January 31, Bush called for research into ethanol, coal-fired plants, solar and wind technologies and nuclear energy so that 75 percent of oil imports from the Middle East can be replaced by 2025.


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    Jun 2005

    Re: Who Polices the Police?

    And in a somewhat related story.......

    Indian-US nuclear deal 'progress'
    India says it has made progress in talks with the US in Delhi aimed at ironing out key differences over a proposed landmark nuclear deal.

    US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran met ahead of US President George W Bush's India visit next week.

    However, a White House aide sounded a cautious note saying a deal may not be agreed during the president's trip.

    Under the deal India would gain access to US civilian nuclear technology.

    National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said the US would use the Bush visit "as a forcing function" to secure an agreement.

    "If we can, great. If not, we'll continue to work on it after the visit's over," he told reporters.

    'Clear signal'

    Critics of the accord, which has to be ratified by the US Congress, fear it could harm non-proliferation efforts.

    Following the talks, India's foreign ministry said in a statement that the two sides had had "detailed and productive discussions".

    "There was greater clarity on the issues under discussion. Progress has been made in the talks," it said.

    India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the visit by Mr Burns had been "fruitful", the Press Trust of India news agency reports.

    Ahead of Friday's talks, Mr Burns said there was a possibility the deal would not be finalised before Mr Bush arrived in India on 1 March.

    But, he added: "President Bush and Prime Minister Singh have really given a clear signal, they both want to have this agreement done."

    We will accept only whatever is good for India. The deal cannot be forced on us
    CNR Rao, India scientific adviser

    In an interview with the Times of India newspaper published on Friday, Mr Bush repeated the US position that India must separate its civilian and military nuclear programmes.

    "First things first is to go to India and hopefully reach an agreement on separation, and then bring that agreement back and start selling it to the Congress," Mr Bush told the newspaper.

    "But we can't bring anything back until we've agreed to the agreement."

    Mr Bush acknowledged that resolving past differences would be difficult for both sides, but said working together could be a "confidence-building measure".

    Atomic weapons

    India's desire to bar international inspectors from its "fast breeder" programme has worried Washington.

    An aide to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said there is no question of opening up the fast breeder programme.

    Fast breeder reactors are particularly suited to producing plutonium for atomic weapons.

    "Who said we are going to put the fast breeder reactors in the civilian side? We cannot and will not do so," scientific adviser CNR Rao was quoted as telling the Press Trust of India.

    "We will accept only whatever is good for India ... The deal cannot be forced on us. The country's interest will be protected."

    Debate 'hijacked'

    If ratified by the US Congress, the controversial deal would give India access to nuclear fuel and technology, including reactors.

    There are fears it could help India develop more powerful nuclear weapons. India is bordered by two other nuclear-armed states, Pakistan and China.

    India is required to place its civilian nuclear facilities under international safeguards and open them to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    India's Ambassador to Washington, Ronen Sen, has said that criticism that the agreement would augment India's nuclear arsenal did not "hold water".

    He said India's nuclear weapons programme was indigenous and did not require outside assistance.

    "This debate... has been hijacked over here [in the US] by non-proliferation theologians and in India by those rallying under the banner of self-reliance," he said.

    Story from BBC NEWS:

    Published: 2006/02/25 01:21:08 GMT

    © BBC MMVI

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