So much of American foreign policy at the moment seems to be done looking in the rearview mirror. The news is focused on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Cuba. As a country, we should be much more focused on China and Mexico and other areas of the World. Hopefully, we can be friendly competitors with China for eons to come, just as we are friendly competitors with England and Germany.
The situation with Mexico is much more complicated. During the Bush years, we’ve spent billions “getting tough” by erecting a wall / fence between our southern states and Mexico. We’ve spent billions more unsuccessfully trying to staunch the flow of drugs across the border. The effect is to keep pushing our neighbor to the ground. Why don’t we try the opposite approach? Let’s extend a hand to Mexico and put the country and it’s provinces, if they want to be, on the path to statehood.
In the process, we would gain access to the huge oil reserves in Mexico and help our neighbors. After a transitional phase, it will become easier to control our borders, as the border between Mexico and it’s southern neighbors is much shorter than the one between the U.S. and Mexico.
The biggest threat is the rampant corruption in some parts of the Mexican economy. In addition, there would have to be some sort of phased in approach to wellfare benefits, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and so forth. It’s only right that Mexicans help pay for their benefits.
If Canada wants to join the fun, so much the better. A United North America would be a formidable force in the world many natural resources, creative people, and positive cultural, educational and legal institutions.