Saturday, October 11, 2008

P.s. on the U.S.-India nuclear deal

When Bush signed the bill on Oct. 8 (see earlier post), he also issued a brief signing statement (a frequent, and frequently controversial, practice) that some critics are charging undercuts promises he made to Congress about the U.S. stance on India's processing of spent nuclear fuel and other matters. The issues get rather technical and I don't claim particular expertise; however, since I've been following the U.S.-India nuclear deal in a casual way for a while, I may make at least a sketchy effort to sort out what (if anything) is going on with the signing statement, and why The Times of India is hailing it as a repudiation of U.S. "proliferation hard-liners." Stay tuned.


Jake Liscow said...

Bush is still issuing signing statements? How many angry journalists and bloggers need to write about this incredulous abuse of executive power before something happens? Only this president could find a way to botch his only long-term "success".

LFC said...

I agree with you about signing statements in general, but I'm not sure yet whether this particular signing statement is bad. I will have a post on this at some point (though it may be a while from now).