Brian Lee Crowley

Obama loves us and leaves us…again

On his first visit to Canada, President Obama proclaimed “I love this country.”

He failed to specify his love was of the tough variety. Ever since Canada’s relationship with the US president has been a long list of disappointments punctuated by the occasional outright provocation.

The latest punctuation mark is how the president is trying to sell the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal) to Americans: by saying that it will be a good trade agreement, not a bad one like–wait for it– NAFTA was. What is this man thinking?

Read my latest column in the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers for my thoughts on how Obama has NAFTA all wrong. Like Keystone. Like the new crossing to Detroit. Like country of original labelling. Like how he agreed to Canada joining the TPP talks. Like…well, do I need to go on?

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Mr Obama, you’re no Jack Kennedy

Barack Obama is often compared to assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, including by Kennedy’s late brother Teddy when he endorsed Obama for the Democratic nomination 6 years ago. But judged by his foreign policy at least, Obama is no Jack Kennedy. In his inaugural address, Kennedy famously declaimed:

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Stirring stuff. Especially when compared to Obama’s foreign policy, which can be summarised as “Comfort your enemies and afflict your friends”. Find out why in my latest column for the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers.

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Brian Lee Crowley
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