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Monday, September 23, 2019

Modi visit shows Trump diplomacy at its best

50,000 people -- mainly Indian-Americans -- crammed a stadium in Houston to give a big Howdy to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to them in Hindi. They also gave a Howdy to President Donald John Trump. The national press gave the story short shrift but it carries political, economic and diplomatic importance.

The Houston Chronicle reported, "Modi visit to Houston backdrop for one of the largest LNG deals in U.S. history."

The story said, "Executives with Houston liquefied natural gas company Tellurian and India’s Petronet LNG signed a $2.5 billion deal in Modi’s presence during a private Saturday evening ceremony at the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown in Houston's Galleria district.

"Under the deal, Petronet pledged to invest $2.5 billion in Tellurian’s proposed Driftwood LNG export terminal in Lake Charles, La., in exchange for the rights to 5 million metric tons of LNG per year over the lifespan of the project."

Charif Souki, CEO of the American company, told the Chronicle, "It’s a win for the United States because it creates an outlet for our surplus gas.

"It’s a win for India because they have secured cheap gas for a long period of time. And it’s a win for Tellurian because we have provided a bridge between a nation with too much gas and a nation that needs as much gas as it can get as an affordable price."

So why did I run a picture from 2016 of Modi in Iran with this post?

Modi has no problem dealing with the mullahs. India has a growing economy that hungers for oil, coal, and LNG. As long as Iran is not saying Death to India, Modi will shop Iran.

Every ounce of LNG we sell to India is an ounce Iran does not sell.

Modi is perhaps the top diplomatic player in the world. He cuts deals with Iran, Russia, Red China, and Europe as well as the USA.

President Trump is cutting deals with India instead of Iran, unlike Obama the Awful. Of course, this means Donald Trump won't get any post-presidential kickbacks laundered through book deals and Fake Producer pay at Netflix.

But President Trump has all the money he wants. He needs to save the country because all the money in the world means nothing if the United States becomes a communist country.

Modi had no problem with President Trump making America great again, because Modi wants to make India great.

The USA is willing to help.

For a price.

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.”
-- Calvin Coolidge
January 17, 1925, in Washington, D.C.

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