Myth vs. Fact

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MYTH: The North American Union is a delusion perpetrated on the American public by cranks and crackpots.

FACT: The phrase North American Union (NAU) is commonly used to refer to the very real process of merging the United States with Mexico and Canada. This process began when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved by Congress in 1993. Next, the launch of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) on March 23, 2005, at a summit meeting between President Bush and his counterparts from Canada and Mexico, greatly accelerated this process.

A key to understanding the North American Union process is recognizing that the government leaders and nongovernmental organization members who are building the NAU routinely minimize the significance of what they are doing. They draw your attention to snapshots of what they've accomplished so far in order to distract you from the real goals and the plans that reveal the overall process they are pursuing. Decide for yourself ...

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July 18, 1993: Henry Kissinger stresses NAFTA's importance as a framework for future international restructuring. "[The proposed NAFTA agreement is] the architecture of a new international system." (Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, "With NAFTA, U.S. Finally Creates a New World Order," Los Angeles Times, July 18, 1993)

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December 8, 1993: President Clinton signs into law NAFTA, which creates a framework for further trilateral cooperation. One of the objectives of NAFTA is to "establish a framework for further trilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation to expand and enhance the benefits of this Agreement." (NAFTA, 1993, Article 102, http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org)

October 15, 2004: Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), launches a task force to study the extent of North American integration after 10 years of NAFTA. "The Council has launched an independent task force on the future of North America to examine regional integration since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement ten years ago." (CFR News Release, October 15, 2004, http://www.cfr .org/publication/7454/)

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March 14, 2005: The Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on the Future of North America proposes the creation of a North American community to enhance security and prosperity for all North Americans. "When the leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States meet in Texas on March 23, they will be representing countries whose futures are shared as never before.... The ever-deepening integration of North America promises enormous benefits for its citizens.... We propose the creation by 2010 of a community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity for all North Americans.... The boundaries of the community would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter. Within this area, the movement of people and products would be legal, orderly, and safe." (Creating a North American Community, CFR Task Force Report, March 14, 2005, http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/ attachments/NorthAmerica_TF_eng. …