Washington: The Indo-US nuclear deal had virtually collapsed as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told President George W Bush it was not going to work and the entire administration had given up on it.
"I called the President (Bush). 'It isn't going to work. Singh just can't make it happen,' I said. 'Too bad,' he answered and didn't press further.
"Later that night Nick (Nicholas Burns-the then Under Secretary of State) called to tell me what I already knew there wouldn't be a deal," writes the then Secretary of State Rice.
Rice describes in detail in her forthcoming book 'No Higher Honor' the riveting hours before the joint statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bush on July 18, 2005 on the framework for the agreement that almost brought UPA I government on the brink in July, 2008.
"The Foreign Minister tried, but the Prime Minister just can't sign on to the agreement," Burns is quoted as telling Rice after Natwar Singh made a final pitch for the agreement with the Prime Minister.
As Rice woke up early in morning of the Bush-Singh meeting, she was a bit tensed but determined not to let this happen. She made a final effort to personally meet the Prime Minister and pitch for the deal.