Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The steak grilling theory of international relations, tested again

Instead of making waffles with other “middle powers”, we’re grilling steaks with the US and the UK.
Our colleague Susan Bonner in Washington is reporting that although Obama is speaking personally with leaders from Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Denmark, China, India, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan... he will not be making a personal call to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Vice-President Joe Biden will be phoning Canada's prime minister.
This spin that the two leaders have had opportunities of late to discuss this and that Obama is a busy guy is nonsense. Would George H.W. call Brian Mulroney in such a circumstance? Would Bill Clinton call Jean Chretien? Now picture Steve, relegated to the Biden backburner. This is a message, of course it is.