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Collateral Damage on that Indian Fighter Non-Deal

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Tim Roemer

Colleague Jyoti Thottam reports from New Delhi on Time‘s Global Spin blog that U.S. ambassador to India Tim Roemer, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana, has quit following India’s scratching of both U.S. warplanes from its shopping list:

We are…deeply disappointed by this news.  We look forward to continuing to grow and develop our defense partnership with India and remain convinced that the United States offers our defense partners around the globe the world’s most advanced and reliable technology.  I have been personally assured at the highest levels of the Indian government that the procurement process for this aircraft has been and will be transparent and fair.

Have to admire his use of the phrase “will be transparent and fair.” Very diplomatic.

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