Defense Boss Panetta Touts “North America” After Canada Meetings
by Alex Newman
Thursday, 29 March 2012
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (left) met with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Ottawa this week for the first ever “Trilateral Meetings of North American Defense Ministers.” The meetings sparked more concerns over the erosion of national sovereignty and continued “integration” of the three governments into a continental regime analysts have dubbed the “North American Union.”
After the two-day gathering, the three defense chiefs promised in a press release to increase their cooperation in dealing with supposed continental threats. They also vowed — despite the U.S. posse comitatus law generally prohibiting involvement of the armed forces in domestic law enforcement — to explore more ways to support “security” agencies and collaborate on responses to natural disasters.
According to the statement released after the summit, “transnational threats” necessitate “transnational responses.” As such, more integration is supposedly needed. Finally, the trio announced that they would inform their “leaders” about the results of the meeting prior to the upcoming “North American Leaders’ Summit” scheduled for April.