By the way, we’re having a trade war with Mexico.

    Yes, yes, I know: NAFTA’s supposed to prevent that sort of thing, but we’re having one anyway: Ricardo Alday, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington said pressuring politicians by hitting imports from states with key Democratic leaders with tariffs of up to 90 percent “is one the main considerations,” for the action, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday. The official list of products has | Read More »

    Obama Starts Trade War

    Mexico made it official today, retaliating against the NAFTA violation approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week: Looking to avoid a trade war with Mexico, the White House Monday called for legislation that would create a new program to allow Mexican trucks to enter the U.S. The initial cross-border trucking project was terminated as part of the omnibus spending bill | Read More »

    Obama Backtracks on Bungled Mexico Policy

    President Bush’s critics often accused him of alienating key U.S. allies. Frequently that case was overstated, as the Bush Administration forged stronger bilateral ties with many strategically important allies, and as the Administration’s foreign critics were often engaged in faux outrage for domestic political purposes over purely symbolic issues. That said, at least when the Bush Administration set out to do something our allies didn’t | Read More »

    Mexico’s President Calderon: US Waging ‘Anti-Mexico Campaign’

    There’s trouble south of the Rio Grande. In 2006, Mexico elected a bright, conservative reformer as President. Felipe Calderon has attempted to open Mexico’s flagging energy sector to private investment, fight government corruption, and crack down on the illegal drug trade. He’s making some progress (albeit less than the U.S. would like) and it’s coming at a significant cost. Throughout these efforts, President Calderon had | Read More »

    Obama Hypocrisy on Display in Omnibus

    Note: I’ll be discussing this issue on Fausta’s podcast at 11:00AM Eastern time today. If you don’t have the time to listen in today, bookmark her blog and check in over there anyway. I’ve been writing about Congress’s eagerness to violate U.S. treaty commitments by banning Mexican trucks from U.S. roads (most recently here). It’s gotten precious little attention in the U.S. press, but folks | Read More »

    Obama Decides to Try Smoot Hawley

    I’ve written before about a dangerous provision of the Omnibus appropriations legislation now under consideration in the Senate. The bill violates the U.S. commitment under NAFTA to allow Mexican trucking companies to operate in the U.S., so long as they meet all the standards to which U.S. companies and trucks are held. If Obama signs this measure into law, Mexico will have the right to | Read More »

    Democrats Pick Trade War With Mexico?

    Barack Obama and the Democrats swept to power on a promise of doing more to restore good relations with key trading partners. To that end we’re selling Eastern Europe out to Russia in a vain attempt to deter Iranian nuclear ambitions, and we’re giving UK Prime Minister copies of Toy Story. And when it comes to treaty compliance, Congressional Democrats are eager to stiff Mexico, | Read More »

    Today’s Headlines — March 3, 2009

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/100000-foot-soldiers-in-cartels/ EXCLUSIVE: 100,000 foot soldiers in cartels Numbers rival Mexican army — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/bush-reversed-wartime-powers-in-final-days/ Bush reversed wartime powers in final days Memo upholds Congress rights — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/bridge-to-nowhere-okd-for-everglades/ ‘Bridge to nowhere’ OK’d for Everglades Project buried in spending bill — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/obama-choice-for-trade-post-owes-on-taxes/ Kirk, Obama’s trade pick, owed taxes — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/stocks-plunge-to-1996-levels/ Banking crisis drops floor of stocks AIG losses set day’s tone — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/loophole-lets-15-semiautomatics-in-dc-for-3-years/ Loophole lets 15 semiautomatics in | Read More »

    Obama Promises Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    Why is it that the U.S. press seems unable to follow up on statements that President Obama makes to hispanic audiences (a term I use here in its broadest possible sense). As I pointed out yesterday, the press took no notice when Mexican President Felipe Calderon said that Obama had promised to pursue comprehensive immigration reform.

    Is Obama Planning a North American Common Market?

    In his current Canadian trip, Barack Obama has attracted a lot of attention for his statement that he would like to modify the NAFTA accord to give a higher status to labor and environmental standards. There’s been some blowback from Canada, but reaction has been relatively muted. What is surprising is that the reaction in Mexico has been muted as well. Given the Mexican government’s | Read More »

    Is Obama Planning a North American Common Market?

    In his current Canadian trip, Barack Obama has attracted a lot of attention for his statement that he would like to modify the NAFTA accord to give a higher status to labor and environmental standards. There’s been some blowback from Canada, but reaction has been relatively muted. What is surprising is that the reaction in Mexico has been muted as well. Given the Mexican government’s | Read More »

    Breaking: Terrorists Launch Rockets at US Cities from Mexico*

      Terrorists today launched short range rockets at US cities from Mexico. It is not yet known exactly where the rockets landed and preliminary damage reports are still being investigated. The perpetrators have not yet been positively identified, however terrorist groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, the Palestine Liberation Front and the Palestine Liberation Organization have previously been identified by the US government as dealing in drugs | Read More »

    Annex Mexico.

    Living in Texas, I’ve given a lot of thought on the issue of homeland security, especially as it applies to the border. Admittedly, here in the Panhandle, we’re about as far away from the Mexican border as you can be, and still live in the great State of Texas. However, you might be surprised to learn that border security is an issue that has a | Read More »

    Did you hear?

    John Zogby this morning has issued his daily tracking poll and it shows a 10 point Obama advantage nationwide. No way! If anyone had any doubt about the accuracy of the polls — the more I hear about a 10 or 11 or 12 point lead nationwide for The One, the more I discount all polls. (I am reminded that CBS News in the days | Read More »


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