Following some of the referring links to this brouhaha leads to some of the more entertaining and ill-considered opinions I've seen in a long while. Consider this screed in the comments section here:
You liberals don’t get it do you? You think the first priority for a President is to make sure everyone loves us. Well how nice and touchy-feely of you. Read the Constitution someday, and the responsibility of the Presidency. If that is too much for you to read then simply read the oath of office. It doesn’t state “…to make sure every other nation finds us to be sweetie pies…”.
The philosophy here seems to be one of, hey, we're just looking out for number one, that's our responsibility and it's the only thing that matters.
Of course, when Canada looked out after its own interest and decided to take a pass on the invasion of Iraq, we were, in the eyes of the American wankersphere, cowardly, traitorous back-stabbers who, since we weren't for them, were obviously against them and Canadian interests be damned.
If I tried to reason that way, I'm pretty sure the cognitive dissonance would kill me.
ABOUT THAT CONSTITUTION THING AND NAFTA ... Reader D.M. emails me with the following adorable snippet from said document, Article Six(emphasis added):
Clause 2: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The prosecution rests.