As chairman of the US Senate’s Arms Control Subcommittee, Larry Pressler advocated the now-famous Pressler Amendment, enforced in 1990. Aid and military sales to Pakistan were blocked, including a consignment of F-16 fighter aircraft, changing forever the tenor of the United States relationships with Pakistan and India, and making Pressler a temporary hero throughout India and a devil in Pakistan. This book reveals what went on behind the scenes in the years when the Pressler Amendment was in force, through a cast of characters that include presidents, prime ministers, senators and generals in the US, India and Pakistan. It exposes the enormous power wielded by the military-industrial complex, which the author terms Octopus, and how it controls significant aspects of the American presence in the Indian subcontinent.

  • The Larry Pressler interview: My crusade is for Pakistan to be treated the same as North Korea

    By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan Aug 16, 2017

    In the history of Indo-US relations, former United States Senator Larry Pressler is a rarity. The US has, in general, been a staunch ally of Pakistan, providing it plenty of money, support and arms over the last decades. Pressler is one of those few American politicians who has openly criticised this arrangement, which he argues only benefits American arms dealers – who fund many US politicians – and Pakistani generals, while making the world more dangerous for everyone else.

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  • Notes From A Tail Gunner’s

    Jully 24, 2017

    In 1990, the Pressler Amendment blocked arms sales to Pakistan. Its author, Senator Larry Pressler, writes in this book about the makings of US foreign policy in those years, the stranglehold US lobbyists have over nations and the competing claims of India and Pakistan. Excerpts

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  • ‘Indo-U.S ties should be based on development, not arms trade’, says Larry Pressler

    By Varghese K. George July 21, 2017

    Former U.S Senator Larry Pressler is a well-known figure in India because of a landmark piece of legislation that he championed. The Pressler Amendment, passed in 1985, required the President of the United States to certify every year that Pakistan did not possess a nuclear device, for it to remain eligible for military and economic aid.

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  • Larry Pressler on his book Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator's Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Sub-Continent

    By Biraj Swain July 18, 2017

    In a free-wheeling conversation, they discuss the Vietnam War, its impact on him, the origin of Pressler Amendment, its passing, dilution and demise under the leadership of three US presidents. He shares its impact on Pakistan and why it made him public enemy in Pakistan while a hero in India. They discuss their concerns regarding the capture of public policy spaces by military industrial complex, or the Octopus, the dangers it poses to governance and peace everywhere.

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  • Ex-US Senator explains how US can help India deliver a devastating blow to China

    July 21, 2017

    I can recall many informal conversations in the 1950s and ’60s with my fellow Americans about India. They viewed India as part of the Soviet bloc. In those days, the Soviet Union supplied India with weapons and ships. The rhetoric in India was decidedly anti-American and the rhetoric in the United States was very anti-India, despite the shared democratic and entrepreneurial traditions in both countries.

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  • Pak should be treated as "rogue state" like N Korea:ex Senator

    By Lalit K Jha July 21, 2017

    Washington, Jul 21 (PTI) The US should treat Pakistan as a "rogue state" like North Korea and create a "super alliance" with India to combat extremism as Islamabad has "blackmailed" America into providing aid to combat terrorism but continues to harbour terrorists, a former Republican Senator has said

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  • India And US Should Form 'Super Alliance' To Fight Terrorism: Ex-Senator Larry Pressler

    July 21, 2017

    The US should treat Pakistan as a "rogue state" like North Korea and create a "super alliance" with India to combat terrorism as Islamabad has "blackmailed" America into providing aid to combat terrorism but continues to harbour terrorists, a former Republican Senator has said.

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  • A Former Senator's Thoughts on our Political Gridlock

    By Domanique Jordan August 31, 2016

    A new poll out today shows that Hillary Clinton's negatives are now in Donald Trump's territory. Soon after Labor Day, we'll enter the final two month of the campaign, a period that will include three presidential debates and one between Time Kaine and Mike Pence. Former Senator and Congressman Larry Pressler joined us to discuss.

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  • Exclusive: Hillary Clinton: What I have in common with Utah leaders

    By Hillary Clinton Aug. 10, 2016

    Editor's note: The Deseret News has asked the major presidential candidates to share their views with our readers. We've published exclusive op-eds from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. We are pleased to offer this exclusive op-ed from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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  • Senator Pressler by Larry Pressler

    By Joseph Reitz August 20, 2016

    If it’s true that timing is everything, Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy, by former South Dakota U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler (Fortis, 166 pp., $8.95, paper) is an example of perfect timing. This refreshing book has hit the market during a presidential election campaign in which the American public rates both major candidates low in trustworthiness.

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  • Larry Pressler’s Independent Streak.

    By Warren Rojas Jun 22, 2016 5:00 AM

    Onetime Republican lawmaker Larry Pressler attempted to shake up the establishment in 2014, plotting a return to Capitol Hill nearly 20 years after leaving office.

    Only this time, he decided to try his luck as an independent candidate.

    Pressler's comeback bid didn't take. (Republican Mike Rounds claimed the seat vacated by retiring South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson.)

    The experimental run, though humbling, also provided Pressler with a glimpse into the future.

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  • Review: Pressler Recounts 2014 Campaign; Now Where's His 17%?

    Caheidelberger 2016-06-27 23:05

    Last month we went on a family vacation, a weeklong loop around Wyoming. While enjoying the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, I got a voice mail from former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler.

    Readers attentive to symbolism may jump to snark, but consider: a 74-year-old politician reached me over 600 miles from home, on a day when no one in South Dakota would have been able to tell him where to find me, by tapping my phone number onto a mobile device made possible in part, he would say, by a bill he passed twenty years ago, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the magnum opus of his time in the Senate.

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  • Some Republicans are bucking Trump, but almost none back Clinton

    By David Weigel June 16, 2016

    On Tuesday, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) appeared to join the #NeverTrump bandwagon, telling a radio host in his district that he wouldn't "endorse anyone in this race, probably the rest of the year."

    On Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) told the Washington Post that he did "not plan to" back Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

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  • Win or lose, Pressler made a difference

    Posted: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

    By: Kevin Woster

    A year ago or so, Larry Pressler and I were talking about his coming campaign for the U.S. Senate, and the concerns among those who cared most about him - including some former staffers - that the 22-year congressional veteran would be humiliated if he ran for one last term.

    It wasn't just that they feared he would lose. They feared he would take a shellacking, become a campaign joke, that the 2014 run would be an asterisk of historic derision on an otherwise admirable political career.

    Boy, were they wrong. And I'll bet gladly so, now.

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  • OUR VIEW: Pressler best candidate in Senate race

    Some people have wondered why we've waited this long for our endorsement for the U.S. Senate race.

    Partially, it's because we wanted to wait and make our decision on Election Day. It's a tight race in our eyes, even if the polls don't show it.

    It's a tight race because we agree with each candidate on different issues.

    We've made our decision on the eve of Election Day to endorse Larry Pressler, independent candidate running against a Republican in Mike Rounds, a Democrat in Rick Weiland and another independent in Gordon Howie.

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  • Independents' Day? Pressler candidacy echoes changes in SD electorate

    By Lance Nixon -

    When the Argus Leader and the Rapid City Journal, South Dakota’s largest daily newspapers, endorsed independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler in recent days, it wasn’t merely a vote of confidence in the former Republican senator going into Tuesday’s general election.

    It was also an indication that only two flavors, Republican and Democrat, just aren’t enough to satisfy some choosy customers out shopping for their next U.S. senator-just as Pressler finds it difficult to put an “R” behind his name any longer.

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  • EDITORIAL: Journal endorses Pressler for US Senate

    Mike Rounds had a hefty lead in the polls when he visited with the Rapid City Editorial Board this summer and said in so many words that the election for U.S. Senate was essentially his to lose.

    Rounds had name recognition as a two-term former South Dakota governor; he was a Republican in an overwhelmingly red state and had national party support; and his opponents included a never-before-elected and a little-known Democrat in Rick Weiland and two candidates running shoestring campaigns as independents.

    And yet, in our view, while Rounds may still win the election, he has lost our support as a board.

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  • States largest newspaper endorses Pressler

    We urge you to sit down and make a list before you vote for a candidate for U.S. Senate.

    What do you want from your senator?

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  • Independent Senator from Maine wants Pressler to Rejoin National Fray

    It’s about getting the process working to build bridges instead bickering in the United States Senate. 

    Independent Senator from Maine Angus King made a recent endorsement for fellow Independent candidate Larry Pressler.  King says a non-party participant can make a difference.

    Politics does include a fair amount of deal making and the former Governor of Maine said his goal was to caucus with the group, which would offer him the most flexibility.  King says the Democrats have given the leeway he was pursuing.

    King’s motto is “I call them as I see them.”  Even though the Democrats currently hold the majority and King votes a majority of the time with the Blue Bunch there are some times when the state of Maine is better served by going his own way.

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  • Poll: Independent Surging in SD race

    South Dakota Republican Senate candidate Mike Rounds is looking increasingly vulnerable, as another poll shows independent Larry Pressler surging and now trailing him by just two points.

    The poll, conducted by Survey USA for the American News, KSFY TV and KOTA TV, gives Rounds, a former South Dakota governor, 35 percent support. Pressler, a former U.S. senator, takes 32 percent support among likely voters.

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  • Poll: Independent Surging in SD race

  • Centrist Project Press Release: Pressler Surges in South Dakota Senate Race; New National Movement Underway

    Washington, DC —A new SurveyUSA poll shows Independent candidate Larry Pressler surging ahead in his race to represent South Dakota in the U.S. Senate. Pressler, a former three-term Republican U.S. Senator, is the only candidate in his race gaining ground with voters across the political spectrum. The new poll indicates that many South Dakota voters, fed up with partisan bickering, are turning their frustration into support for an Independent candidate at the expense of the two major party candidates. Pressler is finding strong appeal for his commitment to set aside partisan politics and focus on the core issues of critical importance to all Americans.

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  • Centrist Project Press Release: Pressler Surges in South Dakota Senate Race; New National Movement Underway

    Senator Pressler appeared on MSNBC on Sunday, September 14 to discuss the changing South Dakota Senate race. You can watch the full interview here

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  • MERCER: Rounds Leads, but Pressler Surprises


    PIERRE – Democratic candidate Rick Weiland had the perfect chance to prevent Republican Mike Rounds from being elected South Dakota’s next U.S. senator

    Weiland needed only to write a letter to the secretary of state and declare he was withdrawing before the Aug. 5 deadline.

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  • Centrist PAC endorses Larry Pressler

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A new political action committee aimed at eliminating partisanship from national politics announced Wednesday it is endorsing independent candidate Larry Pressler in his bid to take back the U.S. Senate seat he held decades ago.

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  • How 'American Hustle' Is Helping One Former Senator's Campaign

    A Senate candidate in South Dakota is highlighting his role in the Abscam scandal in a new TV ad.

    A decades-old political scandal and grainy FBI footage are usually the stuff of Hollywood movies, not TV ads for Senate candidates. But a candidate from South Dakota is turning to the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown and his own brush with a dark chapter in U.S. political history to argue voters should send him back to Washington.

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