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Whitney,

Another great article today from which I learned a few things. Hopefully I can return the favour:

Without international support, an attack would make us look like an aggressive, reckless bully and would damage relationships with other countries. This could cost us dearly in the future when we engage in trade negotiations, deal with other conflicts, etc.

Well, I must point out here that, as a Canadian, I haven't ever seen much in the way of negotiation on America's part. We are your biggest trading partner (something like $1.2B per day) and IIRC we export the most energy to you (not you specifically Whitney, though I do hear you leave the lights on when you go out) yet when something doesn't go your way, unilateral action seems the norm (for example, the softwood lumber dispute).

So, I guess what I'm saying is that, from this side of the fence, America already has that reputation.

Simon
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