Indian Threat To U.S. Asia Strategy?
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  • Jim.

    Are they better off than they were under British management, or not?

  • Kenny

    As massively populated Third World countries develop and try to attain quasi-middle class stature for millions of their people, the demand on energy can only grow.

    We may not have reached peak oil but be sure reached the peak as far as relatively inexpensive oil (and energy) goes.

    Alternative energy sources are pipe dreams and with nuclear energy being battered (Japan, Germany), the price of energy can only go up and up and up in the world market.

    U.S. ingenuity has helped America with the shale innovations, but places like India, China, Brazil, etc. are in a tough spot.

    Modern civilization depends on on billions of slave (machines) at our command, and these slaves cease working without a steady input of energy. Fact.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    That which cannot continue, won’t. When the voters get sick of having no power, they will fire the incompetents running the government and give someone else a chance.

  • This and the piece on Israel’s energy policy below are just magnificent insights on international relations, connecting energy developments to wider geopolitical change. The mainstream press simply aren’t covering this kind of story with an eye to the big picture. This will still count when a thousand tedious media “horse race” stories about the November electon have been forgotten. Congratulations.

    I still disagree with you that personal services can be the future of the US economy, though. A barista-centric economy is not a happy one.

  • India lacks human capital (= iq x education) which is why it is wrong to encourage the few educated Indians who are intellectually endowed to move to the United States. Why do we think it’s always about us?

  • Mick The Reactionary

    I have been reading Tom Friedman and I’m confused. Tom has told us that India is a one huge corporate campus where millions of highly educated, well paid software developers debug 1970th Cobol programs for Texas Blue Cross.

    Mead, you should read Tom Friedman, you will see how wrong you are.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: Ah yes, we should discourage immigration from India for the good of India. It’s not about us, it’s for India! Out of the merest curiosity, where do you stand on helping out India through outsourcing, or even on giving Indian students access to our top universities (after which they would be returned to India, of course)?

  • Kris

    [email protected]: How dare you insult Indians by claiming that they are all COBOL programmers? And mercenaries for the nefarious health insurance industry, at that? 🙂

  • Brendan Doran

    Of course WE should think about US. Certainly no Indian would fault us for it!

    WE can of course help with supply..the rest..

    As for Friedman I took his advice on driving my car after throwing away the steering wheel. I think I should have after the lawsuit as nearly a comfortable life as a quadriplegic can.. [God..forgive me that one]…

  • @Kris, I think it is fine if Indian and Chinese students study in America. It improves their human capital and exposes them to the social capital of Western civilization. Both of those are pluses if they go back home and apply themselves.

  • Viceroy

    Commenter #1, Jim, wrote:

    “Are they better off than they were under British management, or not?”

    What is the purpose of this question? It is irrelevant whether India was “better off” during British colonial rule.

    If the British today could do a better job running the United States than Americans can do, would you advocate that we return to our former status as a British colony?

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