While the US press was getting tingles from Barack Obama once again demonstrating his lack of knowledge of US law at the North American Summit, the real story was how Obama's "smart diplomacy" has managed to alienate our neighbors to the north and south:
Most summits are mush-mouthed affairs full of pleasantries. Tuesday's "Three Amigos" summit was different: a litany of how President Obama has alienated our neighbors.
You wouldn't know this from reading the mainstream media, ...
Fortunately, the Canadian and Mexican press told the real story. Canada's National Post quoted former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson as saying the North American Free Trade Agreement and the three-nation alliance it has fostered since 1994 have been so neglected they're "on life support."
The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned Obama the U.S. will have to pay market prices for its Canadian oil after Obama's de facto veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Canada is preparing to sell its oil to China.
Until now, NAFTA had shielded the U.S. from having to pay global prices for Canadian oil. That's about to change.
In addition to stiffing the Canadians on the Keystone XL pipeline, Obammy is also personally blackballing them from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade group. As for Mexico:
Things were even worse, if you read the Mexican press accounts of the meeting.
Excelsior of Mexico City reported that President Felipe Calderon bitterly brought up Operation Fast and Furious, a U.S. government operation that permitted Mexican drug cartels to smuggle thousands of weapons into drug-war-torn Mexico. This blunder has wrought mayhem on Mexico and cost thousands of lives.
The mainstream U.S. press has kept those questions out of the official press conferences, while Obama has feigned ignorance to the Mexicans and hasn't even apologized.
Hell, Obama hasn't even apologized to families of US Border Patrol agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata who were killed with weapons whose smuggling was arranged by Eric Holder's "Justice" Department. And the punchline is:
In short, the summit was a diplomatic disaster for the U.S. and its relations with its neighbors north and south.
But don't worry folks, you won't be bothered by this kind of stuff in the mainstream media.