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Fiddling

… while America burns

Joint Press Conference by President Obama, President Calderon of Mexico, and Prime Minister Harper of Canada

President Obama: Our other major focus today was the security that our citizens deserve. Criminal gangs and narco-traffickers pose a threat to each of our nations, and each of our nations has a responsibility to meet that threat. In Mexico, President Calderón has shown great courage in standing up to the traffickers and cartels, and we’ve sped up the delivery of equipment and assistance to support those efforts.

Here in the United States, we’ve increased cooperation on our southern border, and dedicated new resources to reducing the southbound flow of money and guns, and to reduce the demand for drugs in the United States, which helps fuel — helped to fuel this crisis. And today each of us reaffirmed our commitment to meeting this challenge together — because that’s the only way that we’re going to succeed.

Beyond our borders, these cartels and traffickers pose an extraordinary threat to our Central American neighbors. So we’re teaming up. Defense ministers from our three countries met last week as a group — for the first time ever. And we’re going to be coordinating our efforts more closely than ever, especially when it comes to supporting Central America’s new strategy on citizen security, which will be discussed at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia next week.

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17 comments to Fiddling

  • Francis

    Obama is no fiddler. He’s one of the arsonists.

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    • Duncan20903

      He knows how to multi-task effectively. He can fiddle, have his henchmen commit arson AND toast yummy marshmallows all at the same time.

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  • claygooding

    OT but noteworthy,all the tags on the federal vehicles involved in the Oaksterdam raid had expired tags on them,,,are we broke or what?

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    • Francis

      Well, we are broke. No question about that. But I think the expired tags are more of a reminder that the laws those asshats selectively enforce are really only intended for us little people.

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  • kaptinemo

    Burning down Rome, to make way for…what?

    This, maybe?

    from the article:

    “The integration of North America’s economies would best be achieved through an “incremental” approach, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable.

    The cable, released through the WikiLeaks website and apparently written Jan. 28, 2005, discusses some of the obstacles surrounding the merger of the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico in a fashion similar to the European Union.

    “An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain the most support among Canadian policymakers,” the document said. “The economic payoff of the prospective North American initiative … is available, but its size and timing are unpredictable, so it should not be oversold.” (Emphasis mine – k.)

    You have to ask, ‘economic payoff’ for whom? Not for the millions who would be thrown out of work, on top of those already unemployed. This would finish in the US and Canada what NAFTA and GATT have already started in Mexico.

    Make no mistake; ‘harmonization’ means nothing else but American hegemony over both Canada and Mexico, making them nothing more than de jure provinces in the de facto ‘Murikan Impire’. Hegemony by the `1%’ And the drug laws are the Trojan Horse to accomplish this…

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    • and people think I kid when I call Canada the 51st state

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    • N.T. Greene

      It’s a pretty crappy trojan horse when any man with eyes can see the spears sticking out of it.

      But that hasn’t stopped them before.

      …we must continuously focus on disseminating good information to counteract the bad. I mean, let every misconception meet a brick wall. There is both an offensive and a defensive facet to this war, after all..

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      • kaptinemo

        If there’s one thing life has taught me, it’s that the one-eyed man is NOT the King of the Country of the Blind. Not when the Blind are armed with chainsaws and don’t care how many of their own are maimed and killed in the attempt to silence that one-eyed man for daring to describe reality.

        I have several Canadian friends and have been sending them articles regarding the de facto process of Elite-sired North American ‘anschluss’ that is the SPP.

        Like as not, the Trojan Horse is already inside the gates, thanks to the phony War on Drugs; it’s just a matter of time before the ‘Greeks bearing gifts’ pop out.

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  • Jake

    Every political drug speech for the last 40 years:

    “We’ve increased our cooperation and commitment to fighting drugs. More money and equipment will fix it where it hasn’t the last xxx years”

    every.single.time…

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  • N.T. Greene

    You know, I wonder if this is all secretly a strategy that involves inspiring mass outrage in order to spur changes without having to take responsibility for said changes.

    In an ironic twist (if this was somehow the case), the “heroes” don the suit of the tyrant — all to fit a subversive social agenda into place.

    If this is all unintentional, though… well, you can put that together yourselves I am sure.

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    • kaptinemo

      The Devil’s Advocate ploy.

      But somehow I don’t believe that the purpose is benign. If this country really wants to get turned upside-down, find a way to piss off all those cannabists who think they can play the odds and therefore not worry about an arrest destroying their lives.

      Get the several score million cannabists politically active, and you’ll see the political landscape shift with tectonic force. That’s one movement that the Powers-That-be do NOT want to see stir to wakefulness. So I doubt very much this is happening for positive reasons.

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      • n.t. greene

        I was merely tossing out a theory, and not one I necessarily hold faith in. However, the mobilization you speak of is ramping up as we speak.

        I have always thought that Obama would go lame duck first term, though. Any changes of a larger scale would take place in a theoretical second term.

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        • claygooding

          I say Obama will ask congress to investigate marijuana for “”possible”" re-scheduling,,of course it won’t be done b4 election day but it could buy him 4 more years if stoners fall for it.

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        • Duncan20903

          Buy a Powerball ticket clay, it appears that you like to bet long, long odds.

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  • Scott

    This from the man who claimed during his presidential campaign that the drug war is an “utter failure”.

    Does this man have any credibility and honor? As far as I can tell, he has demonstrated neither.

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  • Junior

    Thats Funny:
    we’ve sped up the delivery of equipment and assistance to support those efforts = we`re giving them guns and money.

    and then:

    …dedicated new resources to reducing the southbound flow of money and guns…

    Uncle tom became bigbrother…

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  • notsure

    “dedicated new resources to reducing the southbound flow of money and guns”

    What he means is that the feds have stopped directly selling guns to the cartels…most likely. Of course it was no ones fault that a whole program of supplying guns to criminals and letting them take the guns to Mexico, just an innocent mistake.

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