“It’s quite possible that the greatest favor the United States could do for Canada is to declare war on it. No, this isn’t a tribute to South Park, the TV cartoon that popularized a song — Blame Canada — calling for an outright invasion of America’s northern neighbor. A full-scale conquest is unnecessary; all Canada needs is to be slapped around a little bit, to be treated like a whining kid who’s got to start acting like a man. Why would such a war be necessary? The short answer is: to keep the Canadians from being conquered by the United States. In effect, it would be a war to keep Canada free.”
— Jonah Goldberg, “Bomb Canada: The Case for War,” National Review, November 25, 2002.
“You might as well save another trillion by saying that we are not going to have a bicentennial invasion of Canada as a way to get the War of 1812 done right. There are a lot of countries that we could decide not to attack and have savings. So that’s a farce.”
— Charles Krauthammer on Fox News today.
This enormous peace dividend will not make Paul Krugman happy. But then again, what does?
Related: “If it’s Monday, the campaigning president must be issuing a new plan for something (before another fundraiser in New York City),” Andrew Malcolm writes at the L.A. Times, in a story titled, “Day No. 972: President Obama unveils a deficit reduction plan.”
But not bombing Canada waits for no man.