Obama Re-Launches the Bush Project for Integrating the Western Hemisphere

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President Obama has taken the reins from George Bush in the project to integrate the Western Hemisphere as a region of the New World Order. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged their efforts toward global governance.

George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have all tried to complete the Free Logo of the FTAA, Free Trade Area of the Americas.Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a trading region of 34 nations of the Western Hemisphere, minus Cuba. It was to be this hemisphere’s answer to the European Union. It failed in 2005 and President Bush, with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, launched an alternative, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), an integrated continental trading region with governing institutions. It was an example to show the rest of the hemisphere that it works.

It was a disaster and President Obama, President Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Harper of Canada canceled the SPP on August 10, 2009, although much of what has been accomplished toward integrating the continent occurred under this agreement. So the leaders made a commitment to continue the process.

Before leaving office, George Bush launched the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative on September 24, 2008 at the United Nations, another try at integrating the Western Hemisphere. Eleven nations joined the United States in this endeavor.

The initial 12 members of the initiative are Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and the United States.

President-elect Obama was briefed by the Bush administration on this effort to put together a piece of the New World Order. President Obama has already added his social and environmental agenda to this corporate-friendly project and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been busy promoting the “New Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas” and setting up this hemispheric integration.

Clinton spoke about “Pathways” at El Salvador on May 31, 2009:

“This meeting builds on the work of the previous administration, but the President and I are also committed to re-launching Pathways to Prosperity, and expanding its work to spread the benefits of economic recovery, growth, and open markets to the most vulnerable and marginalized citizens of our region. (See guidelines to integrating the Americas.)

“To achieve the shared prosperity we seek, we must integrate our commitment to democracy and open markets with an equal commitment to social inclusion.”

“And Pathways should be open to working with new partners including other nations Secretary of State Clinton is leading the Obama Administration's project for an integrated trading region of the Americas to compete with the European Union.and sub-regional banks that share our commitment to open markets and greater social inclusion. I want to note the presence of the observer countries-Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago-that are here today. Going forward, I hope you and other countries from our hemisphere will join us in this initiative as full members.

“The Americas are becoming more connected and more dynamic. As this trend continues, our region will need to provide greater leadership on a broad array of global issues. Pathways is one example of the kind of multilateral partnership that can help address the complex challenges of the 21st century.

“Today, in El Salvador, let us look back and acknowledge the progress we have made in building democracy and peace throughout the region. But let us embark together down a new path defined by shared responsibilities, shared opportunities and a commitment [to] improve the life of every citizen in the Americas. We are part of the same family, this continent is our common home, and we will inhabit a common future. Let us do all we can to harness the untapped human potential that covers this vast hemisphere.”

In the Fall of 2008, Donna Shalala, Preident of the University of Miami and former Secretary of Health and Human Services for President Clinton, along with former Ambassador Chuck Cobb, commented on this opportunity for regional governance on the website ‘Gateway Florida: The Gateway of the Americas’:

“Some will criticize Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas since they believe it is too modest in its objectives because it might be abandoning the broader version of a 34 country FTAA. In our judgment Western Hemisphere integration must start somewhere, and this is a good start. Remember, the European Union also started small. We hope that Brazil, Uruguay, the Caribbean countries and other countries in the Americas will soon join Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas.”

“The concept that these select countries in the Americas might form an alliance was first proposed by Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, in early 2007 after he left the U.S. Government where he had been the Deputy Secretary of State and the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Zoellick emphasized that for this alliance to succeed in its goals it must be supported in the United States in a bipartisan fashion.

“We are pleased that many leaders in the Democratic controlled Congress along with leaders in the Bush Administration are supporting it. Mr. Zoellick also suggested that the alliance be headquartered in Miami, Florida to take advantage of its many benefits.

Greater Miami has a large and diverse population from Latin America and the Miami could become headquarters for the Americas.Caribbean which gives its work force significant cultural and bilingual skills. (English is also spoken here on occasion)…The Florida Business community, its academic community and its political community are well prepared to provide the facilities and infrastructure in Greater Miami to host the secretariat for the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas.” (This would be equivalent to the European Union’s HQ in Brussels, Belgium.)

This initiative ties in well with the Summit of the Americas that President Obama attended on April 17-19, 2009. This was a meeting of the 34 member nations of the Western Hemisphere. This summit, like a number of regional organizations in the hemisphere, is dedicated to the process of hemispheric integration.

A report, “Towards the Fifth Summit of the Americas, Regional Challenges”, gives a clear explanation of the goal of these summits. Under Executive Summary:

“In the framework of the Summits of the Americas, the heads of States and the institutions of the inter-American system have coordinated their efforts to build a modern State in a global economy in order to satisfy the needs and demands of the citizens of the Americas. The Summit Process is a reflection of the importance given to regional governance and the need to find collective answers to the problems and challenges facing the Hemisphere.”

The Introduction to the Summits of the Americas Process describes, in general terms, how the summit operates for the Hemisphere:

‘The Summit of the Americas brings together the Heads of State and Government of the Western Hemisphere to discuss common concerns, seek solutions and develop a shared vision for their future development of the region, be it economic, social or political in nature.

“The process is guided by shared political principles and established institutional mechanisms. The political principles of the process dictate that the process shall include the 34 democratic nations of the Americas, who operate with free market economies, conduct multilateral international negotiations and who reach decisions by consensus. The institutional ‘mechanisms’ are the bodies in charge of leading the process, decision-making, implementation and follow-up.”

The European Union is the standard for regional and global governance. In ‘The State of the (European) Union in 2009’, the United States and EU Commission 2007 start up of the Transatlantic Economic Council was mentioned, along with the Commission’s meetings with China, Russia and a new partnership with the African Union. According to the report:

“These partnerships fit into a vision of a multilateral global order, founded on international rules and institutions and on the cooperation between world and regional powers.” (pp.28, 33, 34)

The U.S. has based its integration process for North America, and now the Americas, on an EU style of multiculturalism and multilingualism. There is no requirement to learn English or assimilate into the American culture but you can live and work here and utilize medical and social services no matter your status.

The EU operates with 23 official languages. The EU Government will do business with their citizens in these languages. According to an EU site:

  • The European Union is a truly multilingual institution that fosters the ideal of a single Community with a diversity of cultures and languages. To guarantee this the European Commission adopted in November 2005 the first Commission Communication that explores the area of multilingualism.
  • The three core aims of the Commission’s multilingualism policy are to encourage language learning, to promote a healthy multilingual economy and to give all EU citizens access to the Union’s legislation, procedures and information in their own language.

Citizens of the EU member states will also have the freedom to work throughout the EU by 2011 and they will enjoy a basic set of rights. Today “400 million (EU) citizens enjoy passport-free travel across 25 countries” inside the EU’s external borders.

Now envision the same setup with the Western Hemisphere.

In case you missed it, these policies are also part of the effort to construct a North American Community. They are still the objective.

Our leaders continue to make decisions on the future of our sovereign nation without the consent of the people. The reason, of course, is that the majority of Americans do not approve of the dissolution of America, geographically (Balkanization and breakup) and politically. If you disagree with their actions, you are running out of time to oppose it because this administration is in a fast track mode to implement regional and global governance that you can’t refuse.

modified August 25, 2009