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Beyond the Continental Divide

The Obama Administration's "pivot to Asia", insofar as it represents a strategic choice, is a mistake. America's geo-economic future, the ultimate font of American power, lies in a bold and far-reaching integration of North America.

Published on June 6, 2012
Christopher Columbus is usually credited with “discovering” North America even though he encountered people who had arrived thousands of years earlier. He called them “Indians”, mistakenly believing he had reached a continent that was actually on the other side of the world. Not even Viking visitors who arrived centuries before made that mistake. By another twist of irony, the world mistakenly named the “new” continent after another Italian adventurer, Amerigo Vespucci, who arrived years after Columbus and, other than his name, left no impression. About five centuries later, North America was “rediscovered” and, as with the earlier “discoveries”, this one...