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Joel Kotkin at Newgeography has a thoughtful foreign policy prescription: Think globally, act locally:

When looking for our closest allies, we may well need to look away from current entanglements in unfortunate, far away places and towards a stronger relationship with countries — notably Canada — with whom we share so much.

Kotkin points out that a “. . .strongly integrated North American Energy Community, including Mexico, could insulate Americans from unreliable suppliers in the Middle East, Russia and South America. For Canadians, it would cement a stable, long-term relationship with a steady customer and perhaps guarantee a floor on prices.”

As Kotkin himself acknowledges, not as attention-grabbing as alarmist headlines in Pakistan, Russia, etc. But it makes sense in a quiet sort of way.