The World: The View from Washington: Self-inflicted Wound

THE Soviet-Indian friendship treaty caught the Nixon Administration flatfooted. Secretary of State William Rogers broke the official silence over the pact only to comment weakly: "We hope it may have an effect for the good." Indian officials in New Delhi and Washington hastened to assure American policymakers that the document was in no way directed against the U.S. But there was no disguising that Washington was wounded—and that the wound was largely self-inflicted. In its overriding preoccupation with India's two greatest enemies, Pakistan and China, the U.S. simply left New Delhi nowhere to...

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