April 23, 2008

THE WHOLE WORLD HATES THE DEMOCRATS:

North American leaders rebuke critics of NAFTA (Jon Ward, April 23, 2008, Washington Times)

President Bush and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts yesterday directly challenged talk by Democratic presidential candidates of pulling out of a trade agreement among the three countries.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon released the strongest criticism. He said a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would "condemn North America as a region to complete backwardness."

"If you were to take a step backwards with regard to NAFTA or free trade, you would be condemning Americans to have one of the least competitive economies in the developed world, while other parts of the world are accelerating their growth," Mr. Calderon said, mentioning the consolidated trade bloc of China, India, Japan and the European Union.


Given that pretty much the entire Anglosphere, much of the West and several other neighbors have elected leaders out of the Bill Clinton/Tony Blair/George W. Bush mold (even Raul Castro seems a wannabe), it would be an odd time for us to elect a Second Way sort and alienate all our allies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2008 7:49 PM
Comments

I, for one, am appalled at the lack of concern among our Democrat leadership for our standing in the world. This unilateral refusal to support free trade is arrogant bullying. :-)

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at April 23, 2008 9:50 PM
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