ALPF also sent this article illustrating the administration's utter inability to be anything but overbearing and dictating in its relations with other countries. A CBC story called "Bush Pressured Martin Over Missile Plan," refers to a Washington Post report:
The newspaper cites a "top Canadian official who attended the meeting between Bush and Martin" as saying Bush brought up the subject on Nov. 30 despite assurances that he wouldn't do so from Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.Maybe because it's a complete waste of money? Or because they have no interest in enriching the US military industry? Because they have brains??
The official said Bush "leaned across the table and said, 'I'm not taking this position, but some future president is going to say, "Why are we paying to defend Canada?"'"
The White House is not commenting on the Washington Post report, which appeared Sunday. [ed: What a surprise!]
The source characterized Bush's approach as a lecture about Canada's duty to join the Ballistic Missile Defence program, which is designed to identify incoming weapons aimed at North America and shoot them down before they can hit their targets.
The U.S. president told Martin he couldn't understand why anyone in Canada would oppose the program.