It is a disconcerting indicator of the condition of U.S.-Indian relations that much of the attention in Washington regarding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s state visit was focused, first, on the accouterments of the lavish banquet President Obama gave in his honor and, then, on the bizarre exploits of the aspiring reality-TV contestants who managed to slip into the dinner uninvited. In contrast, the substantive agenda of the Obama-Singh summit received very little notice. Indeed, the dinner’s five-course menu garnered wider media coverage than the summit’s numerous deliverables.
PacNet #77 – U.S.-India Relations: Missing George W.
December 7, 2009