Another step toward the North American Union (NAU) was announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Defense in its press release noting the “inaugural trilateral meeting” of North American defense ministers in Ottawa, Canada. It was attended by Canada’s Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay, Mexican Secretary of National Defense General Guillermo Galvan, and Mexican Secretary of the Navy Admiral Mariano Mendoza, along with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
The communique was all about “defense,” “threats” and “security,” key fear-based watch-words decided upon years ago to sell the idea of the NAU to the American people:
By virtue of our geography, our peoples, and our trading relationship, our three nations share many defense interests. Threats to North America and the hemisphere are increasingly complex and require non-traditional responses. Building upon the trilateral collaboration under the North American Leaders Summit process, we share a determination to enhance our common understanding of those threats and of the approaches needed to address them…
We know that transnational threats require transnational responses…
Our meeting today has established the framework necessary to build North America’s resilience by pursuing a practical agenda built on sustained trilateral cooperation on issues related to defense.
The press release continued on in the same vein, stressing the need for trilateral coordination to provide defense against various threats. Note carefully the deliberate use of these words: “As part of our initial work plan, we intend to:
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Photo: United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, shook hands with Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay during a previous meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 2, 2012