Nuclear power for magoes? It sounds like it. According to the New York Times, a U.S. ban on Indian mangoes will soon be lifted "as part of a deal struck by President Bush on his March visit to the country, which will also give India easier access to nuclear technology. Quid pro quo, as far as many Indians are concerned. 'The U.S. is looking forward to eating Indian mangoes,' he said at a press conference, cheering up a local press that he had earlier disappointed by not seeming too well-versed about cricket and Bollywood, two other Indian passions."

    Well, there you have it. Diplomacy as absurdist bargaining. Doesn't bother me, though, because there's a swimming pool sized vat of mangoes waiting for me at Kroger right now.

Daniel Corbett