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The Chaos Guru: What's so exceptional about the US that it can tell New Delhi what arms to buy to defend itself?

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The State Department has warned India of economic sanctions under CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act ) were it to go ahead with its S-400 acquisition, which India's military has eyed so longingly for so long.

The US appears no wiser to the snub which New Delhi had delivered to secretary of state Mike Pompeo on the same matter six months ago.

The United States might think it's indispensable enough to wag a finger at India, but it's no better than grand-standing by a fading superpower which thinks the world is still its oyster and its 'friends' are no better than courtiers in attendance.

India doesn't need to flip the history pages much to know how the United States has stood down its friends over the centuries.

From the day it was born in 1776 when it roped in and then dumped indigenous Delaware Indians in its war against the colonialist British, to the modern times when the likes of Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines), Manual Noriega (Panama), Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Muammar Gadaffi etc. come flashing to mind, used and then disposed-of, the United States hasn't been an abiding friend........

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