James Forsyth

Bush’s Indian legacy

Bush's Indian legacy
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It is appropriate that the US president will be in India on the day that President Bush’s memoirs are published. For President Bush transformed the relations between these two countries, making a strategic alliance possible. This will turn out to be one of Bush’s most important legacies.

A strong US-India relationship is vital if this century is going to be one that sees democracy advance. An alliance between the US and India would act as an effective check on China’s attempts to assert its power in Asia.

However, I suspect that, for obvious and understandable reasons, most of the coverage of Bush’s memoirs will focus on his comments on 9/11 and its aftermath. The most striking of these so far is Bush’s claim that the water-boarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed revealed information that helped foil attack on Heathrow and Canary Wharf.