Before I go farther, I want to point out the power to form treaties according to Constitution lies in the Senate, not the executive branch. This is well beyond an Executive Order, but is required to be ratified in the hall of Congress before any such deal could be completed.
We also attacked Iraq, originally, because they did not 'comply' with International Inspections. We just gave India a pass on International Inspections. So any justification for attacking Iraq just went out the window, not that they were rock solid before.
By giving India our nuclear secrets without any safeguards, any future rhetoric against Iran is null and void. India has also failed to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), while Iran has signed the NPT. In fact, the spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa forbidding the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons on August 9, 2005.
Here it is written by a educated man:
From The US's nuclear cave-in
By Joseph Cirincione
With details of the deal still under wraps, it appears that at least one-third of current and planned Indian reactors would be exempt from International Atomic Energy Agency inspections and that Bush gave in to Indian demands for "Indian-specific" inspections that would fall far short of the normal, full-scope inspections originally sought. Worse, Indian officials have made clear that India alone will decide which future reactors will be kept in the military category and exempt from any safeguards.
The Indian leaders and press are crowing about their victory over the United States. For good reason: President Bush has done what Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and his own father refused to do - break US and international law to aid India's nuclear-weapons program. In 1974, India cheated on its agreements with the United States and other nations to do what Iran is accused of doing now: using a peaceful nuclear energy program to build a nuclear bomb. India used plutonium produced in a Canadian-supplied reactor to detonate a bomb it then called a "peaceful nuclear device". In response, president Richard Nixon and Congress stiffened US laws and Nixon organized the Nuclear Suppliers Group to prevent any other nation from following India's example. </snip>
This is where Bush is likely to run into trouble. Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress are deeply concerned about the deal and the way it was crafted. Keeping with the Bush administration's penchant for secrecy, the deal was cooked by a handful of senior officials (one of whom is now a lobbyist for the Indian government) and never reviewed by the departments of State, Defense or Energy before it was announced with a champagne toast by Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Congress was never consulted.</snip>
Congress was never consulted. If you check the Constitution, the right to form treaties firmly lies in the Senate. India giggles at us, Iran can now call hypocrisy, and Bush did it all while violating the rule of law of the United States of America. I just don't see how a minority party could make this an issue, or maybe the issue is with the Democrats.
Here's your checklist:
- Violation of the Constitution - Senate signs treaties
- Violation of the NPT by granting nuclear secrets to a non-signer
- Losing any diplomatic leverage with Iran, who has signed the NPT
- Offer the world yet another example of the USA in decline
- The deal allows India to operate their nuclear operations without international oversight
Start the drumbeats before this deal goes through, and add these items to the Impeachment charges. I am sure that list is getting long these days. Please, start the drumbeats for common sense, like Obi-Wan Kenobie, you are the Republics only hope.
For a Bush breakdown of his trip to India, see here: