1. Strengthening of the US Economy through widespread tax relief
2. The toppling of the Taliban and subsequent removal of a brutal regime in Afghanistan
3. The toppling of Saddam regime and a new hope of democracy in Iraq
4. The nuclear disarmament of Libya
And now this –
5. The president comes away from India with a landmark nuclear energy agreement that further deepens the ties between the two democracies.
“Proliferation is certainly a concern and a part of our discussions, and we’ve got a good-faith gesture by the Indian government that I’ll be able to take to the Congress,” Bush said.
“But the other thing that our Congress has got to understand is that it’s in our economic interests that India have a civilian nuclear power industry to help take the pressure off the global demand for energy,” the president said. “To the extent that we can reduce demand for fossil fuels, it will help the American consumer.”
The agreement was a political coup, too, for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “We made history,” he said, standing alongside Bush in a sunwashed courtyard.
Making history, indeed.
“What this agreement says is things change, times change — that leadership can make a difference,” Bush added.
“I’m trying to think differently, and not stay stuck in the past.”
Congress could learn a thing or two from this president, as far too many of them are stuck in the past. This deal with India is a good one for America, and congress should approve the details of the cooperation without delay.