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  •  He won't have to unilaterally renegotiate (4+ / 0-)

    it and that is the notion that the FT should have disabused itself with in the first segment of their "endorsement", although, granted I have not read the entire piece.

    But that is what effective and strong diplomacy and real-world negotiations can return to our country, the ability to work with the world community again, not just take its money and cheap labor force.

    Obama/Biden '08 - The Temperament and Judgment to Lead

    by cocomas on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 02:51:59 PM PDT

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    •  In the primary, he advocated the "hammer" (1+ / 0-)
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      of the opt-out of NAFTA.  The Canadians (and the Mexicans) have no incentive to enter into renegotiations.  Therefore, any renegotiation of it by the US would have to be unilateral.  As I said before, I don't think he would actually try such a thing, but the FT is going by his public statements on the subject, which is perfectly reasonable of them.

      •  Candians and Mexicans want environmental (1+ / 0-)
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        protection enforcement and worker safety regulations just as much as we do. I think Obama will be able to get them to accept a few additional requirements without resorting to any use of hardware (hammers, scalpels, or otherwise).

        That is one big difference in this election, true consensus building requires great personal skill, not just threats and the resolve to fight.

        Obama/Biden '08 - The Temperament and Judgment to Lead

        by cocomas on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 04:56:30 PM PDT

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        •  yes and no re "want" (1+ / 0-)
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          the Alberta oil sands is turning Canada into a resource- cursed RW country.

          Tar sands oil gives off 3 x the carbon emissions and uses 5 x the water which is then permanently unusable.

          The workers (well the breathers) want environmental protection but they are not yet organised to fight for it having been softened by Canadian democracy for so long.

          •  The workers will not be the ones at the table (2+ / 0-)
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            although, surely it will be a bonus if they actually have an informed voice and proper advocacy available. Thus, the need for strong leadership on behalf of the people and not corporate interests.

            Perhaps an international union "mentorship" program would help in the organization process, if something like that exists.

            Obama/Biden '08 - The Temperament and Judgment to Lead

            by cocomas on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 07:02:18 PM PDT

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