December 16, 2003

NO LET UP:

Canada raises Iraq contracts with Bush, no results (David Ljunggren, 15 Dec 2003, Reuters)

New Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said on Monday he had tried to persuade U.S. President George W. Bush to let Canadian firms bid for lucrative Iraq reconstruction contracts but had not managed to get a firm commitment.

Martin, who took over last week from Jean Chretien, said he would raise the question again with Bush when they hold a bilateral meeting next month on the sidelines of a summit in Monterrey, Mexico.


Mr. Bush's antipathy towards Jacques Chretien was notorious, but it was interesting that in his first press conference as PM, on Friday, Mr. Martin was asked if he'd spoken to the President and responded that he wasn't penciled in until Monday. This suggests that Mr. Bush is not just carrying a personal grudge but recognizes that Canada is not a reliable national security ally any longer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2003 10:05 AM
Comments

OK, so we stonewalled you every step of the way, called you a moron, a cowboy, a yokel, ridiculed you no end (but you gotta admit it, you don't speak as well as Tony, eh?), bashed your policies, pointed out that you were a moral midget that should listen to the good advice of its good friends (especially it's good friend to the north).

Hey, what's a few small disagreements between true friends?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 16, 2003 10:51 AM

Our detractors need the US more than the US needs them. The obstructors of the war in Iraq need the reconstruction contracts more than the contracts need them.

It's a nice position for US to be in, and rather than whining about being left out, the Weasels had better start proving why they should get even the time of day much less consideration in lucrative reconstruction deals.

Posted by: NKR at December 16, 2003 11:35 AM

Paul Martin spoke out of both sides of his mouth.

He should wait.

And I still say make Alberta an offer it can't refuse And New Foundland.

Even better offer immigration from Europe and put them in Canada after it becomes a protectorate.

Why do I feel this is like "The Stand?" Those Europeans who are Americans but born in the wrong country will come here for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: Sandy P. at December 16, 2003 12:19 PM

"The other was a softer voice,
As soft as honeydew.
Quoth she, the man hath penance done,
And penance more will do."

Posted by: Peter B at December 16, 2003 1:29 PM

"Even better offer immigration from Europe and put them in Canada after it becomes a protectorate."

"Those Europeans who are Americans but born in the wrong country will come here for the foreseeable future."

We wouldn't let them in.Not our type,at all.

Posted by: M. at December 16, 2003 2:12 PM
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