November 4, 2005


Fox: Dissenters Unneeded for Trade Zone (Nestor Ikeda, 11/04/05, Associated Press)

With talks stalled on forming a massive 34-nation free trade zone from Alaska to Argentina, Mexico's president on Friday floated a new proposal: Exclude dissenting countries like Venezuela and make a smaller alliance that would still rival the European Union.

Trade experts say a watered-down version of the Free Trade Area of the Americas could be a solution to fruitless negotiations that have failed for years to overcome key sticking points and create the 34-nation bloc.

Likewise, France should simply be dropped from the world trade talks and anyone else who thinks their nation should subsidize the rest of our purchases

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2005 5:45 PM

Looks like somebody got the immigration message from Chertoff.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 4, 2005 7:10 PM

Seems like common sense. If 30 out of 34 want a deal drop the other 4 and get the deal done.

Posted by: AWW at November 4, 2005 9:25 PM

Fox was demeaned when he first took office as a businessman/lackey for the rich and a crony of George W. Bush by most of the media outlets, then he "grew" in office by defying Bush on the Iraq war, to go along with his demands on immigration that went against U.S. interests. Now that he's dissed Hugo, it will be interesting to see whether or not his public profile goes back to being GWB's south of the border crony and lackey for the rich again.

Posted by: John at November 5, 2005 1:33 AM

Rival the EU? Where do they get the idea that the EU is about free trade? The best you could say is that the EU is about comparable regulation.

Posted by: Daran at November 5, 2005 8:34 AM