Monthly Archives: November 2014
How Modi came to invite Obama as Chief Guest at India Republic Day
We live in a world that feels like it’s swirling in conflicts or emerging ones. As usual the United States as the sole military superpower is forced into the lonely role of security guarantor of last resort. If Russia were to over-run Ukraine, ISIS to over-run Iraq, Ebola to over-run any teetering West African regime, or China to make a move on Japan, the United States would likely step in, if reluctantly. The threat of US force is still a powerful deterrent around the world.
Very much to the contrary, India is quiet when it comes to global conflicts. This is not just a question of desire, but also capability. India’s military is relatively unsuited for power projection and cannot operate effectively beyond South Asia. The nation’s homeland defenses are unacceptably vulnerable themselves. Just 10 determined men from Pakistan boated right over and brought Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, to a near standstill in 2008. Not much has changed since then. Read the rest of this entry