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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

A real opportunity

The impact of the state dinner will be measured (with great difficulty) by the impression it leaves with the guest of honor. In almost every case, that impression will be a positive one, and it should leave the honoree with a more favorable view of both the president and of the country. That it will have a major substantive effect on policy is doubtful, but it should make future communication easier.

The internal pressure on the honoree to say nice things is profound; look at the way in which President Obama is felt to have spoken about China in too accommodating a fashion in Asia last week, under circumstances less honorific than a state dinner in the White House.

This is a real opportunity for the president to strengthen a vitally important relationship with India.

By Slade Gorton

 |  November 23, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Talking about Mr. Singh visit there is hardly any substantial issues to be discussed.
There would be no progress on Nuclear Deal, climate change issues.
Both the leaders will go gala about democratic values , need for combating terrorism etc. and at most will contain some defence deals.
Its my view that the current US admin does not consider India as a global player.

Posted by: satyamgarg | November 24, 2009 9:06 AM
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