We often hear our elected officials, both Republican and Democrat, speak of outsourcing as a reality of the new Global Economy... It is indeed a reality, but don't think they are not playing an active role
in its prevalence:
The Bush administration is anxious to court India, hoping that through increased Indo-US economic, geo-political and military linkages, India can be transformed into a viable counterweight to China and one malleable to US objectives and pressure. Buoyed by India's emergence as a major center for outsourced business processing, research and manufacturing operations and the country's growing military prowess, India's economic and political elite is eager, meanwhile, to lay claim to world-power status, including a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
One indication of the importance powerful sections of the Washington establishment attach to the "India card" is demonstrated by a recent CIA report which reputedly identified India as the most important "swing state" in the world's geo-political system, that is to say a state that could either ally with the US or become a party to anti-US alliance.
So when your called into the corner office on a Friday afternoon... Rest assured, you're not just losing your job, your helping forge an alliance with a burgeoning superpower.