Friday, February 22, 2008

Kitty Hawk to Indian Navy?

As reported by Reuben F. John at the Weekly Standard:

According to numerous sources inside India, when U.S. Defense
Secretary Robert Gates visits New Delhi late in February (provided his Tuesday
Potomac Primary Day broken shoulder does not
alter his itinerary) he will be
carrying a signed letter from U.S. President
George W. Bush offering a
better deal for India than the one they have been
struggling to get out of
Moscow for four years now. The Indian Navy will
reportedly be offered the
soon-to-be decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
aircraft carrier for
free--provided the Indian Navy will agree to purchase 65 of
the newest model
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to be operated off of it.

The author suggests this a bad deal since it may anger the Russians. My thought is if we must have a new Cold War, having the world's most populace democracy on your side isn't such a bad deal! And the Indies seem to do wonders with the old ships, whether British, Russian, or American.