Charles Krauthammer: Obama is being very rude to Canada
"We can't continue in this state of limbo," he sort of complained, in what for a placid, imperturbable Canadian passes for an explosion of volcanic rage.
If Obama wants to cave to his environmental left, go ahead. But why keep Canada in limbo? It's a show of supreme and undeserved disrespect for yet another ally. It seems not enough to have given the back of the hand to Britain, Israel, Poland and the Czech Republic and to have so enraged the Saudis that they actually rejected a Security Council seat - disgusted as they were with this administration's remarkable combination of fecklessness and highhandedness. Must we crown this run of diplomatic malpractice with gratuitous injury to Canada, our most reliable, most congenial friend in the world?
Even if you swallow everything the environmentalists tell you about oil sands, the idea that blocking Keystone will prevent their development by Canada is ridiculous. Canada sees its oil sands as a natural bounty and key strategic asset. Canada will not leave it in the ground.
Keystone has left Canada very upset, though characteristically relatively quiet. Canadians may have succeeded in sublimating every ounce of normal human hostility and unpleasantness by way of hockey fights, but that doesn't mean we should take advantage of their good manners.
For a President who claims not to be ideological, the irony is striking: Here is an easily available piece of infrastructure - privately built, costing government not a penny, creating thousands of jobs and, yes, shovel ready - and yet the President, who's been incessantly pushing new "infrastructure" as a fundamental economic necessity, can't say yes.
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