Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Blame Canada!

The Bush administration, which has its own issues with testosterone, is now pissed off at the Canadians for having the balls to criticize the U.S. From the Globe and Mail:

OTTAWA and VANCOUVER — The United States launched an exceptional mid-campaign rebuke yesterday of the Liberal government’s constant criticism of the Bush administration, bringing the high level of tensions between the world’s two biggest trading partners to the forefront of the Canadian election.

“It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner. But it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn’t have a long-term impact on the relationship,” the U.S. ambassador to Ottawa, David Wilkins, said in a tough speech to the Canadian Club at the Chateau Laurier.

The 20-minute address reverberated on the campaign trail. Liberal Leader Paul Martin, who had promised to repair relations with Washington when he became Prime Minister two years ago, vowed yesterday to continue to defend Canadian interests “against anybody.”

Tory Leader Stephen Harper did not address the matter. It may become a challenge for him to strike the appropriate balance between improving Canada-U.S. relations and cozying up to the Americans.


Mr. Wilkins, a close supporter of Mr. Bush, was expected to ease tensions in the bilateral relationship when he was appointed this year to replace his hawkish predecessor, Paul Cellucci. But Mr. Wilkins’s stinging remarks revealed the high level of anger in the U.S. government over a recent speech in which Mr. Martin criticized the U.S. policy on greenhouse-gas reductions.

Mr. Wilkins, who did not name the Liberal Leader directly, said his government is growing exasperated with the Canadian government’s constant attacks on U.S. environmental and commercial policies.

Sorry, Mr. Ambassador, but when your administration does its own share of chest-thumping and goes around the world bullying allies, your hypocrisy is showing when you get upset that someone calls you to task for it.

By the way, the one way to insure that the Liberals will do well in the January election is to get the United States to bark at Canada. After hockey and a two-four, the Canadians love nothing more than poking a stick in at the U.S., and any politician who is attacked by the U.S. ambassador immediately shoots up in the polls. So if the Liberals win, Paul Martin should send a case of Labatts to Mr. Wilkins.