Friday, March 25, 2005

I Guess That's Fair. . .

Bush, in a big surprise move, has announced that he will sell F-16s to both India AND Pakistan. Originally India was supposed to be the only kid on the block with new toys, but the dynamic has changed considerably. The history behind the situation is that the U.S. had originally banned sales to Pakistan to sanction them for their nuclear program, but that idea has been tossed out the window. India is of course peeved, but C-Plus Augustus has needed to reward Pakistan for their contributions in the WOT for awhile. It's probably right that if both of them get the planes it won't cause a shift in the balance of power in the region at all (except it will increase both of their strengths against powermad next-door neighbor China), but it could escalate the Cold War between the two powers and perhaps spark and arms race beyond the nuclear one India and Pakistan are already in.