Conrad Black: Making Canada matter in the world

“No one can accuse Harper and Baird of being overly deferential to Washington, and Harper has commendably kept his distance from, and avoided even the usual self-abnegating pleasantries with, U.S. President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.”

National Post | Full Comment

“We’ve got a diaspora-driven foreign policy,” Christopher Westdal, former Canadian ambassador to both Ukraine and Russia, told The Globe and Mail last month. “It might work at the polls, but it doesn’t do much good in the world.”

[np_storybar title=”Time for Plan B? Russian Deputy Prime Minister openly mocks ‘Comrade’ Obama’s Cold War-style sanctions” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/17/crimean-republic-declares-itself-sovereign-nation-as-european-union-stumbles-over-severity-of-sanctions/”]Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister has openly mocked Barack Obama after the U.S. President announced the toughest Western sanctions against Russia since the Cold War.

After Crimea’s declaration of independence Monday from Ukraine, Washington and the European Union retaliated with asset freezes and travel bans and Obama vowing to “increase the cost” if the Kremlin does not back down.

Ukraine’s turmoil has become Europe’s most severe security crisis in years and tensions have been high since Russian troops seized control of Crimea, a strategic Black Sea peninsula that has now decided to merge with Russia. Russian troops…

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