North American Union Far From a Dead Proposal
By John F. McManus
John Birch Society
August 16, 2012
On March 27, 2012, the Defense Ministers of Canada, the United States and Mexico met in Ottawa. Attendees at this inaugural trilateral meeting included U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and his counterparts from America’s neighboring nations. Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said that because the three countries “share common challenges and concerns,” there must be formalized “cooperation between our three countries.” Neither he nor the other defense chiefs mentioned the more ambitious goal of forming a sovereignty-canceling North American Union (NAU). But there can be little doubt that this is precisely what they had in mind.
Plans to destroy the independence of the Western Hemisphere nations on the way to a UN-controlled world government have been around for decades. Though these designs have long simmered in the minds of the globalists, movement toward the goal formally began with the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) signed by Bill Clinton in 1994. Patterned after NAFTA, the FTAA uniting 34 nations in the Western Hemisphere, said Mr. Clinton, could be established by 2005. Successor George W. Bush repeated the 2005 target date in speeches soon after he took office in 2001. It was “free trade” that the two presidents and their globalist allies expected to employ in order to compromise independence and take a huge step toward world government. The FTAA’s “Declaration of Principles” openly stated the pact’s subservience to the UN.
But a huge campaign of opposition, led mainly by our Society, put a halt to the plan and persuaded the FTAA enthusiasts to slow down and regroup. Instead of promoting a union of 34 nations, they decided to focus on building a North American Union (NAU) among Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The loudest cheerleader for the NAU turned out to be American University professor and Council on Foreign Relations member Robert A. Pastor. His effort received strong assistance from the CFR and its president, Richard Haass.