SPP Summit Wrap-up: Bush Suggests Critics are "Conspiracy Theorists"
JBS |August 22, 2007
UPDATE 3 -- President Bush Suggests SPP Critics are "Conspiracy Theorists"
President Bush was asked by reporters today whether secretive SPP meetings like that ending today at Montebello are, in fact, efforts aimed at building a North American Union. The President refused to answer the question directly, but derided critics as peddling conspiracy theories. "You know, there are some who would like to frighten our fellow citizens into believing that relations between us are harmful for our respective peoples," Bush said. "And I'm amused by some of the speculation, some of the old – you can call them political scare tactics. If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try to prove it doesn't exist."
The president said that such criticism is coming from people who "are not engaged." But the president's choice to ridicule the opposition rather than honestly answer the question struck some as odd. Such tactics, said WorldNetDaily reporter Jerome Corsi, "underestimate the intelligence of people listening, and people realize that the argument wasn't answered." Corsi continued: "Just to ridicule the idea, when he had a chance to categorically deny it, raises doubts in peoples' minds, especially when these meetings aren't transparent."
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Bush doesn't deny plans for N. American Union -- WorldNetDaily
UDATE 2 -- President Bush Praises NAFTA in Remarks
Since 1994, millions of Americans have lost jobs as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That didn't stop President Bush from praising the agreement in Montebello. "If you're a U.S. citizen, you want people that live close to you to be prosperous. The more prosperity there is in your neighborhood, the more hopeful your neighborhood is," Mr. Bush said. "NAFTA, which has created a lot of political controversy in our respective countries has yielded prosperity. Since NAFTA came to be, trade between our respective countries has grown from $293 billion a year to $883 billion a year." While it may be true that the total dollar amount of trade has increased, looking solely at the grand totals avoids the messy details. Those include the fact that in the United States, NAFTA has been a significant factor in the loss of many jobs in the manufacturing sector. The economic growth has come in service sector jobs which, though they may outnumber the lost manufacturing jobs, pay considerably less than the lost manufacturing jobs, leading to an overall decline in living standards for many Americans.
Meanwhile, in other developments, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs instructed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to refuse to accept delivery of a petition carrying the names of more than 10,000 Canadians asking that the Harper government withdraw from any future SPP talks.
Transcript of remarks in Montebello -- San Diego Union Tribune
Latest News Round-Up
SPP is built around secrecy and US military command - law expert -- Harper Index
Secrecy reigns as SPP agenda moves forward -- WorldNetDaily
Council of Canadians protests quietly against SPP -- Nova Scotia Chronicle-Herald
More from the "Head in the Sand" File
SPP deal not a bogeyman, expert claims -- CTV.ca
UPDATE 1 -- Day One Wrap-up
Top conservative leades held a press conference yesterday in parallel to the SPP summit underway in Montebello to call attention to the ongoing effort, being held behind closed doors, to move the nations of North America toward an economic union, a preliminary step to full integration in a full-fledged North American Union. Speaking at the news conference was John Birch Society President John F. McManus. He was joined by author Jerome Corsi of WorldNetDaily , Conservative Caucus Chairman Howard Phillips, American Policy Center President Tom DeWeese, Veterans for Secure Borders founder Bob Park, and Connie Fogal, the leader of the Canadian Action Party .
In his statement Mr. McManus noted: "The Security and Prosperity Partnership is setting the stage for uniting the three nations of North America into a North American Union that will parallel for the West what the EU has done to Europe." WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi took to task those labelling SPP critics as "conspiracy theorists." "Conservative author Jerome Corsi criticized supporters of the SPP for labeling opponents "conspiracy theorists." "We're the Internet black helicopter conspiracy theorists?" asked Corsi. "What's going on over in Montebello behind closed doors? Is that not the real conspiracy?"
John F. McManus: SPP is Part of Building an EU for the Western Hemisphere -- The John Birch Society
Leading Conservatives Denounce Bush on 'North American Union' -- Crosswalk.com
Summit News Round-Up
Eroding sovereignty -- Washington Times
Is water on the table at Montebello? -- Toronto Star
Economic, Security Issues Top N. American Summit -- Chosun Ilbo (South Korea)
SPP deal could create common border standards -- CTV.ca
From the "Head in the Sand" File
Three-nation deal a mundane necessity, not a menace to us all -- Vancouver Sun
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