NEW YORK – In recent weeks, both General David Petraeus and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have woven into public speeches the theme of combining the United States, Canada and Mexico into a single, North American Union.
“After America, there is North America,” explained Petraeus, the former U.S. military commander and former head of the CIA, to a panel entitled “After America, What?” held at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty on June 18, 2014, hosted by the Center for Policy Studies in Great Britain.
In his presentation to the conference, Petraeus proclaimed the coming of the “North American decade,” a vision he explained was founded on the idea of putting together the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico, some 20 years after the creation of North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.
“In each of these economies there are four revolutions going on,” Petraeus continued, naming the following: an energy revolution, in which the United States is leading the world in the production of natural gas and shale oil, combined with Canada’s enormous resources in the Alberta tar sands and Mexico opening up the state-owned Pemex to international oil companies; an information and technology revolution led by Silicon Valley; a manufacturing revolution; and a life sciences revolution.
“The forces unleashed by these four revolutions with all three countries being as highly integrated as they are, with Canada and Mexico being our two top trading partners, I believe we can argue that after America comes North America,” Petraeus explained.
The syllabus for a similarly themed class Petraeus teaches at the City University of New York entitled "The Coming (North) American Decade(s)" includes the following course description: "This seminar will seek to answer the question, 'Are we on the threshold of the new (North) American decade(s)?' To do so, we will: survey the global economic situation; examine the ongoing energy, manufacturing, life sciences, and information technology 'revolutions' in the United Sates; assess the implications each revolution has for the U.S. and the global economy; and determine the policies, practices, regulations, and laws needed to enable the U.S. to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the revolutions and thereby to contribute to the global economic recovery from the Great Recession."
An examination of the assigned reading specified in the course syllabus shows Petraeus has derived much of his thinking from global economic sources in trying to project the future of North America in competition with major regional forces including China, the EU, as well as Russia, India and Brazil.
Pelosi sees U.S. and Mexico as "one nation"
Speaking at the U.S. border with Mexico on June 28, Pelosi addressed the crisis of thousands of unaccompanied children and teenagers from Central America illegally crossing into the United States.
Referring to the United States and Mexico, Pelosi said, "This is a community with a border going through it. And this crisis – that some call a 'crisis' – we have to view as an opportunity.
"What we just saw was so stunning. If you believe as we do that every child, that every person, has a spark of divinity in them and is therefore worthy of respect, what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling array of God's children, worthy of respect. So ... we have to use the crisis – that some view as a crisis, and it does have crisis qualities – as an opportunity to show who we are as Americans, that we do respect people for their divinity and worth," she said.
Champion of North American Union dies
In January, WND reported that Robert Pastor, a long-time professor of international relations and director of the Center for North American Studies, died at the age of 66 after a three-year battle with cancer.
On Oct. 31, 2013, just more than two months before he passed away, Pastor chaired a conference at the Center for American Studies at American University entitled "The NAFTA Promise and the North American Reality: The Gap and How to Narrow It," a conference Pastor organized to fulfill a request made by Vice President Joe Biden a month earlier.
At the U.S.-Mexico high-level economic dialogue held on Sept. 20, 2013, at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City, Mexico, Biden gave a speech in which he commented, "You take a look at the United States, Mexico and Canada, you'd sit there and say, 'Why? Why isn't there even more cooperation? It's just so natural geographically, politically, economically."
American University posted on its website on Oct. 30, the day before his last international conference started, Pastor's last remarks prepared for publication, including his vision of NAFTA at a crossroads nearly 20 years after being implemented.
As WND reported, Pastor's 2001 book, "Toward a North American Community," presented an argument that North American integration should advance through developing a "North American consciousness" by creating various institutions, including a North American customs union and a North American Development Fund for the economic development of Mexico.
Pastor also was vice chairman of the May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force report, "Building a North American Community," which presents itself as a blueprint for using bureaucratic action though trilateral "working groups" constituted within the executive branches of the United States, Mexico and Canada to advance the North American integration agenda.