"In the worst setback to Indo-US ties since Devyani Khobragade's case turned into a full blown diplomatic row, US energy secretary Ernest Moniz cancelled his visit to India to attend the annual dialogue on energy cooperation between the two countries. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said, "in order to find a time to allow both sides to deliver on the important issues that we need to from both sides, we're looking for a mutually convenient time in the near future that will permit both sides to do that." This comes as a US court refused Ms Khobragade's request to extend the January 13 deadline for her indictment. Ms Khobragade was transferred to India's Permanent Mission to the UN, but she is yet to receive a clearance from the US. More than 20 days after the UN submitted it, America continues to 'review' the visa application of Ms Khobragade, which would give her full diplomatic immunity. The unusual delay has upset Indian officials. India has ratcheted up pressure on the US to send a message that it means business." NDTV
The Indian American who is US Attorney in New York City says this is all just a matter of the "rule of law." That is undoubtedly true but it is more than that, and is he not eager to demonstrate the present distance between him and the inerests of the country of his birth?
It is true that a consular officer enjoys only limited diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention. A "diplomatic agent" has complete immunity. I had that several times and it was good. Nevertheless, there are relationships of reciprocity between various countries on a bilateral basis. These relationships make foreign operations (either diplomatic or consular) a practicsl possibility. It should be expected that whatever happens to Indian personnel in the US will be reflected in treatment of US diplomats in India.
Not surprisingly, diplomats abroad wish to continue to live as they do in their home country. Diplomats are not immigrants to the country in which they are stationed for a few years. they are stationed here and there for a few years at each post. For that reason, their lives are supported by their clubs, schools and government provided housing. Americans behave in these circumstances exactly the same way as foreign diplomats.
This consular officer seems to have thought that the American government would not press the matter of how much she intended to pay her Indian national servant or how many hours she would make her work. This happens often. There have been a lot of similar incidents in Washington. The normal sequence of events is the expulsion of the offending diplomat without further molestation.
That did not happen in this case. A decision to arrest this Indian Consul rather than to simply expel her had to have originated high up in the Obama Administration since it was clear that there would be major repercussions in India. This decision seems to reflect the generally "missionary" attitude of the United States. It is reminiscent of the recent BHO decision to send a gay delegation to Sochi to teach the Russians to behave according to the generally self important attitude of the Obama Administration.
It is clear (to me) that the United States has not learned as yet that it cannot act as "mother" to the world. The R2P ladies are behind this, they and our first breast fed president.
We have once again met the enemy "and he is us." pl