The Romney campaign on Wednesday said India-US ties have been in a retreat on President Barack Obama’s watch. And, if elected, Mitt Romney would restore them to their full potential.
But the campaign cited no retreats to back up its charge.
“I have seen under the current administration (a) little bit of retreat, little bit of backsliding,” said Mitchell Reiss, a top Romney advisor.
The point of reference for the retreat and backsliding was the administration of President George W Bush, when the India-US nuclear deal was signed.
Reiss, who served in that administration, went on to say, “The Romney administration would like to restore relationship, restore that strategic partnership with India, which after all is the world’s largest democracy and see areas where we can continue to cooperate.”
The charge that India-US ties have been in a retreat is not a new one. And one that ignores the steady workman-like progress achieved.
You can’t sign a nuclear deal or something as momentous as that every year, officials from both the US and India have said to counter this narrative. They also pointed to President Obama’s announcement of US support for India’s claim to permanent membership of the UN’s Security Council.