Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Childish Diplomacy

President Bush has been criticized around the world for his abrasive demeanor and denigration of former allies. The simple fact of the matter is that the United States has been perfectly willing to throw away friendships in order to make a point about obedience. Now, it appears as though Canada is the newest victim of America's punitive foreign policy.

Despite government claims that all is going well in the aftermath of the missile defense decision, CTV is reporting that US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has cancelled a planned trip to Ottawa in April.

A senior state department official, who was on a London-bound flight with Rice, confirmed that the cancellation of the visit was a direct consequence of Prime Minister Paul Martin's decision, CTV News reported.
Officials indicate that the meeting may be re-scheduled at a later date, but the simple fact of the matter is that an international meeting has been cancelled because of a disagreement over policy. And it's not as if America cancelled a meeting with some nation with which they have no relationship. Our two countries share the largest undefended border in the world, the same electrical grid and we are vital economic partners.

The American government has been lobbying Canadians on the issue for years and they seem to genuinely believe that it is in our national interests to participate. More importantly, Canadian participation would lend an air of credibility to the controversial program. In that light, it's perfectly understandable that the Americans are upset. However, such a public rebuke serves no real purpose except to try to shame, threaten and cajole a sovereign nation.

If you're friend snubs you it's understandable to be upset, but grownups don't take their toys and storm home. That's for children...and Republican Presidents.


Anonymous Marina said...

Is anybody actually surprised by this?

2:20 a.m.  
Blogger PR said...

Actions have consequences, and this is just the beginning of the American retaliation. Thanks again for your entirely useless stand, Lord Dithers.

2:42 a.m.  
Blogger Caurus said...

I just cannot understand the Prime Minister. The CTV and Globe articles make specific reference to the Americans being upset about the way this was handled. If Dithers and her crew of morons had refused a role in a proper manner the Americans might not be that upset.

8:22 a.m.  
Anonymous Nylon said...

Well put, the is emblematic of a serious problem in American politics. George Bush is a baffoon and is determined to see his country in charge of the whole world -- whether they like it or not.

9:37 a.m.  
Blogger Scott Tribe said...


The Canadian Government was right to not support the Iraq war, and its right not to support this fool-hardy scheme.This Administration is like an arrogrant petulant child.. they believe in the rightness of their cause , and get miffed when others dont believe in their apparently exclusive right to the truth.

What do you propose the Americans are going to do, Peter? Do they forget we supply them with 25% of their oil? Do they forget that the WTO is about to give Canada in all likelihood permission to slap 4.1 billion $ of duties (minimum) on their products for refusing to accept that softwood lumber duties are illegal?

I could care less if Rice or anyone else out of that Administration ever sets foot in Canada.. nor do I suspect do many Canadians.. judging from the tone of the LTE I've read in several newspapers. Canadians dont like this Administration and dont want to be associated with it or its neo-con derams to control space.. Period.

And Caurus: I dont know what the Americans want.. Chretien was decisive in refusing the Iraqi adventure.. and they were upset he didnt give them notice or somehow convey to them he was going to say no (which is poppy-cock, since Canada made it well known UN authorization was vital to our participation.. but I guess the Yanks naively though we'd fall in lock-step)

So now Martin gives the Americans plenty of notice before he tells Parliament.. and theyre still upset.

My advice to Martin.. just distance yourself from this Administration as much as possible for the remaining 3 years 9 months of its tenure, and hope to get a fresh start with the new Admin in 2008.

12:24 p.m.  
Blogger Timmy the G said...

Great post, Gracchi. Since you beat me to it and did it so well, I will probably link to your post from my blog.

By the way, sorry I couldn't respond to your e-mail right away. I believe you now understand the issue I was dealing with.

1:15 p.m.  
Blogger Gracchi said...

Thanks Timmy

1:44 p.m.  

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