Against the backdrop of the recent escalation of the U.S.-Canada trade war, ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty argues in a new piece for Investor’s Business Daily that while “the focus has been on U.S.-imposed trade tariffs on Canadian-made aluminum and steel, and their economic impact,” the “damage the tariffs may do to the U.S. defense industrial base” may be an even greater concern.
Retracing the genesis of the United States’ special relationship with our neighbors to the North with whom we share more than a metaphorical linkage, but rather “the world’s most integrated defense industrial base,” McGroarty asks the question that is leaving observers scratching their heads:
“How is it that the Trump administration has chosen a path that threatens a trade war with our closest defense ally — at precisely the time that the president has rightly shined a spotlight on American shortfalls in 35 critical minerals and metals essential, in the words of the White House executive order, to the ‘U.S. economy and national security’?”
McGroarty warns that “[s]ubjecting U.S. aluminum access, when China possesses more than half the world’s aluminum smelting capacity, to trade tensions with our ally Canada is a national security crisis waiting to happen.”
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