U. S. Expanding Nuclear Proliferation Program

November 19, 2006

On November 16, the U.S. Senate passed, by a vote of 85 to 12, a bill that would allow the United States to send nuclear fuel and technology to India.

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar bill by a vote of 359 to 68. Further negotiations will be worked out before sending the bill to President Bush for signature.

Although India has refused to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, this agreement, negotiated by President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India in March 2006, calls for the United States to end a long moratorium on sales of nuclear fuel and reactor components. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. will allow India to increase its annual bomb-production capacity from 7 to over 40 bombs a year.

Senator Richard G. Lugar, who is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, hailed the measure’s passage as "one more important step toward a vibrant and exciting relationship between our two great democracies." He also expressed "thanks for a truly bipartisan effort" to Senator Joseph Biden, who is set to become the foreign relations chairman in the new Congress.

President Bush also issued a statement saying "The U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation agreement will bring India into the international nuclear nonproliferation mainstream."

In recent years, the U.S. has also helped Israel, as well as other allies, manufacture nuclear weapons.

In typical imperialist "logic", the U.S. arms its allies with nuclear weapons but rants against "proliferation" when any country tries to break its nuclear blackmail and monopoly.