Obama's effort is doomed
I guess we have to give him credit for trying, but so far President Obama's attempt to damage our relationship with Canada has been failing. Andrew Malcolm of Investor's Business Daily has got his number, and in a highly amusing, very sarcastic piece, lays out the bungling. A sample:
Barack Obama has achieved acrimony among numerous sectors of Americans now fighting with each other bitterly. His ongoing efforts to screw up relations with America's closest allies have enjoyed some success during these 1,830 endless days of his reign. (snip)
But Obama's bid to ruin the U.S.-Canadian relationship is doomed to failure. Like Obama's 2000 challenge of Rep. Bobby Rush back home.
That's because the depth of ties and centripetal forces between the two former British colonies in culture, business, finance, security, language, family and trade are so deep and so profound that even a wily Alinsky-disciple cannot surmount them. The two countries enjoy the world's longest undefended border and by far its largest bilateral economic relationship. (snip)
Currently, Obama is trying the polite Canadians' patience with his laughable, now five-year stall over approving the northern part of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring Alberta tar-sands oil to the world's best refineries in Texas.
His administration has been "studying" this pipeline now longer than the U.S. was in World War II.
Last week Secretary of State John "I Was for a Strike on Syria Before I Realized the President Changed My Mind" Kerry said the study is coming along. (snip)
Contrary to popular belief, America's largest imports from Canada are not singers and NHL players. It's energy and vehicles. New England would be far darker these winter nights without a vast river of Canadian hydroelectricity. Going the other way, it's vehicles and machinery.
Canada trade and investments are responsible for more than seven million U.S. jobs, with California (832,000) and Texas (522,000) the largest beneficiaries. Even Obama's favorite BlackBerry and sport are Canadian inventions.
Malcolm is a genuine expert on Canada, having served as the New York Times Toronto correspondent and written a 1991 book, The Canadians, that was a runaway best seller north of the border.
Read the whole thing. The pictures are a hoot, too.