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Obama Alienates Canada And Mexico At Three Amigos

Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/04/11 15:16:29

Diplomacy: Most summits are mush-mouthed affairs full of pleasantries. Tuesday's "Three Amigos" summit was different: a litany of how President Obama has alienated our neighbors.


You wouldn't know this from reading the mainstream media, which reported the disastrous summit with anodyne headlines like: "Obama talks trade, energy with Canada, Mexico leaders at Summit" (Associated Press) and "Obama, Mexico's Calderon vow more drug crime cooperation" (Reuters).


You wouldn't know this from reading the mainstream media, which reported the disastrous summit with anodyne headlines like: "Obama talks trade, energy with Canada, Mexico leaders at Summit" (Associated Press) and "Obama, Mexico's Calderon vow more drug crime cooperation" (Reuters).


Obama's neglect of our nearest neighbors and biggest trade partners has created deteriorating relations, a sign of a president who's out of touch with reality. Problems are emerging that aren't being reported.


Fortunately, the Canadian and Mexican press told the real story. Canada's National Post quoted former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson as saying the North American Free Trade Agreement and the three-nation alliance it has fostered since 1994 have been so neglected they're "on life support."


Energy has become a searing rift between the U.S. and Canada and threatens to leave the U.S. without its top energy supplier.


The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned Obama the U.S. will have to pay market prices for its Canadian oil after Obama's de facto veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Canada is preparing to sell its oil to China.


Until now, NAFTA had shielded the U.S. from having to pay global prices for Canadian oil. That's about to change.


Canada has also all but gone public about something trade watchers have known for a long time: that the U.S. has blocked Canada's entry to the eight-way free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an alliance of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Peru, Chile, and Singapore. Both Canada and Mexico want to join and would benefit immensely.


U.S. media dutifully reported Obama's false claim that Canada, our top trading partner, is too protectionist — for whom, we don't know. Malaysia maybe? — even as it's good enough for NAFTA, the trillion-dollar trade treaty that is the world's largest.


"Every country that is participating is going to have to make some modification," Obama told the press.


Canada's take was far more blunt: "Our strong sense is that most of the members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would like to see Canada join," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in essence revealing that it's the Obama administration alone that is blocking Canada, and suggesting that payback on energy was coming.


So much for Obama's early claim that he was going to clean up the "mess" President Bush left with our allies and make friends with the world. One amigo muscling another out of a trade alliance isn't friendly.

[When will people 'wake up' and realize we are going down the wrong road....another 4 years of this fraud emperor, and we'll be DONE. Stick a fork in us!] Yo'A
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  • lm1b2 2012/04/11 17:03:33
    lm1b2
    If Obama would get rid of the so called Free Trade Agreement which only benefits Mexico I might even vote for him,this agreement is one sided like all of our "Free Trade Agreements" started by Clinton to the present day,there the reason all the good jobs are gone!
  • Yo'Adri... lm1b2 2012/04/12 00:27:47
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    So there only ONE reason....why you aren't voting for him....and that's the FREE TRADE
    Agreement? You have alot of reading and catching up to do before November....!
    Good luck with that.
  • Bali 2012/04/11 16:17:46
    Bali
    +1
    it tastes like beer
  • Yo'Adri... Bali 2012/04/12 00:29:01
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +1
    Hello Bali....This is your wake up call. Time to take your meds! Thank you!
    {taste's like beer????}

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