It is definitely not self-pity. India figures twice in the last 6 state of the union speeched given by Bush. And, in both the instances it was along with China, that India was mentioned. Iraq has grown in prominence over the years, while issues such as Afghanistan and medicare have waned.
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Looks like, things don't look very great for India, in terms of being an important issue in Mr. Bush's agenda. In the next two years Iraq is bound to dominate a President's gameplan as he strives to save his legacy with a Democrat Senate looking for an to make him the scapegoat.