What is the FTAA?
What is the relationship of FTAA to NAFTA?
Does NAFTA/FTAA really promote free trade?
Who says that NAFTA and FTAA are more than trade pacts?
What is the real purpose of the FTAA?
A decade ago, President Clinton announced a target date to complete negotiations for a Free Trade Area of the Americas. That date � January of 2005 � has been embraced repeatedly by President Bush.
Of course, once negotiations are completed and approved by heads of state then the measure must be presented to Congress (under "fast track" currently known as "Trade Promotion Authority") for an up or down vote. Proponents hope to obtain the requisite approvals of each nation�s legislative bodies during 2005 so that the agreement may actually be implemented by the end of the year.
Most importantly, the Bush administration is actively working toward that goal. In October of 2003, the official FTAA website noted: "The final phase of FTAA negotiations will be guided by the co-chairmanship of Brazil and the United States, and two [the 8th and 9th] meetings of the Ministers Responsible for Trade will be held, one in November 2003 in Miami, U.S.A., and one in 2004 in Brazil."
In a January 16, 2002 speech President George W. Bush declared:
The FTAA architects are following exactly the same strategy that was employed in Europe in order to create what is now known as the European Union and is now widely recognized as a developing regional government.
The EU, recall, was once known as the "Common Market" and was once sold to unsuspecting Europeans as a "free trade" arrangement. The architects of world order view the Common Market-EU as the perfect model for NAFTA-FTAA � except that they hope to accomplish in several years� time with NAFTA-FTAA what has taken five decades with the Common Market-EU.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas has top priority among the internationalist Insiders whose influence has dominated every presidential administration since World War II. Reported disagreements among Latin American leaders and setbacks for the FTAA negotiations are often merely camouflage to conceal the orchestrated unity beneath the surface that the internationalists have achieved throughout this hemisphere. So Americans concerned over the FTAA threat to our independence cannot afford the luxury of expecting the agreement to stall on its own.