North American Union to Replace the USA?
Jerome Corsi, one of the authors of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, charges that President Bush has a secret plan to merge the United States with Canada and Mexico.
President Bush is pursuing a globalist agenda to create a North American Union, effectively erasing our borders with both Mexico and Canada. This was the hidden agenda behind the Bush administration’s true open borders policy. Secretly, the Bush administration is pursuing a policy to expand NAFTA to include Canada, setting the stage for North American Union designed to encompass the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. What the Bush administration truly wants is the free, unimpeded movement of people across open borders with Mexico and Canada. President Bush intends to abrogate U.S. sovereignty to the North American Union, a new economic and political entity which the President is quietly forming, much as the European Union has formed.
As evidence for this seemingly preposterous notion is the March 2005 “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” agreement, which
[P]roposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that “our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.” Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.
That this is just an extension of the principles of NAFTA and a recognition of the obvious fact that “collaboration in areas as diverse as security, transportation, the environment and public health” is necessary for adjoining countries that are each others’ dominant trading partners is apparently just a ruse to hide the evil plan to merge the countries.
No worries, though, because Corsi and the Minutemen vigilantes are ready to secure our borders and protect our sovereignty. Although, oddly, only from Mexico, not Canada.
Update: Steven Taylor weighs in, noting that Corsi obviously has no clue what he’s talking about since he doesn’t even know that Canada is already part of NAFTA. Further, he points out that international organizations of which the US are a member almost invariably involve us imposing our norms on others rather than vice-versa.
Even if we assume that the US is pursuing an EU-like structure for North America (which it isn’t), then does anyone in the class have any idea who would be the hegemonic power that would dominate such a North American Union? Yes, you in the back? Correct! That would be the United States. The power disparities among the US, Mexico and Canada mean that something like the EU is utterly impossible in North America.