Abandoning our Closest Allies

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A former official with the U.S. delegation to the U.N. revealed recently a major reason why Canada lost its bid last week to gain a seat on the Security Council. Richard Grenell, a former press officer, said the American delegation deliberately sat on its hands during the run up to the vote that ended in a defeat for a staunch ally of Israel and America’s closest neighbour.

“U.S. State Department insiders say that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice not only didn’t campaign for Canada’s election but instructed American diplomats to not get involved in the weeks leading up to the heated contest,” Grenell reported on a Foxnews website.

If true, this would be just another manifestation of the Obama administration’s anti-Israel bias. The Canadian Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is known as Israel’s staunchest ally in the West and, as a strong, unabashed ally of the Jewish state, the Harper government has steadfastly refused to “water down” its foreign policy just to please the U.N.’s anti-Israeli petty dictators and tyrants and to win the seat. To prove its commitment to its principled stance, on the day before last week’s vote Canada announced it was strengthening its trading relationship with Israel.

“The principles that underlie the policy of foreign affairs, freedom, democracy, human rights and common law, are the foundations of each of these decisions. Some would say that because of our attachment to these values, we lost the seat. If that is the case, so be it,” said Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon after his country’s historic loss.

Canada has served on the Security Council in every decade since the U.N.’s founding in 1945 and had never lost a vote until last week. Portugal wound up getting the seat, designated for a Western country, after Canada withdrew its candidacy for lack of support after the voting’s second round.

Rice herself was on a tour of Africa when the vote was taken, which columnist David Frum calls “a strange thing for an UN ambassador to do at such a critical moment.” Such an unusual development was most likely not coincidental, since Grenell states that Rice “could have had her team work to Canada’s benefit. Instead she instructed her colleagues to steer clear, effectively abandoning Canada.” It appears Rice’s absence was part of the plan.

In his column on the Canadian defeat, Frum also theorizes American non-support for Canada stems from a deal between the United States and Brazil that involved Brazil supporting Colombia, America’s ally in South America, in the same Security Council vote last week. As a result, Colombia did successfully obtain a seat allotted to South America. Brazil, Frum writes, also helped the United States block Venezuela from getting a Security Council seat in 2006. The “payback” was America had to support Portugal’s bid last week over Canada’s.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    So now it's the Canadian LEFT that wants to mimic American foreign policy and dutifully follow Washington's lead…and the Canadian RIGHT that is defying America and asserting Canadian interests above all else.

    My, how the world has changed.

    This is precisely how the Conservatives in Canada should be attacking this issue….by highlighting the Left's obsequiousness towards Washington, in stark contrast to their own independent course.

  • Humphrey Regis

    Canada has lost with the truth rather than won with the lie. As Thomas Jefferson said, "in matters of style, flow with the tide and in matters of principle stand like a rock." It's that we get leaders who will stand for the principles of freedom and God-given- human right. Cheers to you, Canada.

  • waterwillows

    A seat that can only be attained by corruption, is not much of a seat to be desired.
    Of course, in the upside down world of the left, this would appear to them as being a 'chief seat' and certainly highly desirable.
    It is better to stand like a rock than sit like a fool.

  • suprkufrB

    I'm very proud to be a Canadian, especially now.
    Any chance that our friends in the USA could get rid of this Rice and get the old one back?

    • NStahl

      Working on it.

  • andres de alamaya

    It seems that Rice, who has an impressive record, has joined the Obama Puppet Theater moving whichever way the puppeteer pulls the strings, as do Barry's other puppets such as Eric Holder, etc. She lived and worked in Canada at one point. Her husband, now with ABC-TV, once worked at CBC in Canada, the state-owned radio and TV network heavily infested with varying degrees of lefties, anti-Semites and fellow travelers. As a dual citizen I voted for Harper which makes me proud and helps me get over the fact that I had a moment of temporary insanity when I voted for Obama.

    • Spider

      I am glad that you admit your mistake. Many others were also taken in by this fraud now known as Obozo. I hope many more come to this realization in the next 10 days or so. Both our countries futures depend on it..

    • USMCSniper

      Impressive record my lily white A$$, she is just another Africoon Marxist indoctrinate and her inept doctoral thesis was on praising the tranisition of Rhodesia which was one Africa's most productive agricultural nations to becoming Zimbabwae and we all know how well that worked out under the Africoon racist tyrant Mugabe.

      • Foolster41

        Uh, I don't like Mugabe or Rice, but it's pretty damn hypocritical to use rascist slurs and call someone a rascist.

        • USMCSniper

          Foolster and Sue, Susan Rice and Mugabe are blatant Marxist racists, as both of them approved of the murdering of Rhodesian white farmers and their families and seizing of their land and Mugabe actually orchestrated the murders.

      • Sue

        Please tell me you are not actually a U.S. Marine. Not with that racist mentality. Marines are far better than that.

  • Canada's friend

    Kudos to Stephen Harper! Kudos to Canada! Standing for one’s principles and for the truth is always hard, but it is soooooo much harder in the present world where the Sadom law rules. One can envy the Canadians who can be proud of their country. How many people throughout the world can say they are proud of theirs? Most of us are ashamed of our countries and our governments. Canadians, be careful, don’t allow the left to steal power from Harper’s hands. Treasure him!


    OUR RICE-FUHRER supporting A Nazi position, which is called Islam today.

  • Beverley

    The reason South Africa is back on the council … have you seen Zuma running around
    Egypt et.al? There are many Moslems in the SA government, certanily more than whites … oh sorry no whites.

  • C.B.Harder

    I am truly proud of Stephen Harper for his position in this affair. Truth will out The Evil Left.

  • Michael

    I am proud to be Canadian,God bless S.Harper and we have to do best to get this Government a Majority in the Parlament in order they neuter Commies(NDP)and Libs.

  • Reneeca

    Europe is complaining also that this administration has lost interest in them and is now allied with the likes of Russia, China and the East. Not very comforting to Americans or it's former allies!

  • Tear-lag

    Bravo to Messrs. Harper and Cannon. They are men of principle. The UN is a blight on New York City and America. I would so much like to see it removed permanently from our shores.

  • Soctt Smythe

    Both Israel and the US should leave the UN. It is a cancer upon our shores. Send it to Tehran

    • suprkufrB

      As should every democratic nation. Somewhere here in cyberspace I recently read a post from someone with a brilliant idea; walk from the umma nations, expropriate the building and, as you suggest, send the remaining members packing to iran.Then set about the task of founding the United Democratic Nations.

  • Jac

    As a Canadian, I am proud of my Prime Minister. It is better to lose and be on the right side of history than win with the tyrants. I hope Mr Harper gets a majority in the next election. His principled stand on many issues may well cost him dearly though as huge numbers of my fellow Canadians are taken by the delusions prevalent in the MSM.

  • jaythehistorian

    The picture of the 3 nitwits should scare all Americans. These 3 have several things in common. They are 1. Totally incompetent. 2 America Haters and 3. Jew haters. Dick Morris recounted numerous anti-Jewish slurs Hilliary directed at him. Rice and Obama are the typical totally incompetent ,black antisemities who occupy positions of authority they have no qualifications for.

  • One Canadian

    Now thats a Canadian government and PM we can be proud of.
    Harper is doing the right thing! That takes courage and he rises to the occasion.
    I'm voting for this guy again, especially now that I see what someone like Obama (the no one) can do.
    Canada fought 2 World Wors, and played a major part in the war effort. We are entitled to express OUR ideals at the U.N. We have EARNED it through blood sweat and tears. No Arab orhanization (U.N.) will ever change that. I would encourage the Americans to show them the door off of their shores.

    Go Canada!!!

    • steven L

      If Iran can deny the Holocaust it can surely deny what Canadians have done in WWI & WWII.
      Remember, the Palestians have already stated that Jews and Israel have no connections with the land of Israel

  • Wesley69

    Canada, on this issue, maybe you could lead us through the forest, because we are lost. We have leaders with Marxist souls trying to force our lives into their Utopian vision. Israel needs help in the UN. She will not receive it from our Muslim-Appeaser-in-Chief.

    To One Canadian – You have a right to be proud and the vast majority of Americans appreciate your country's friendship.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson