So for years, the Canadians have been subsidising their timber industry to the detriment of American foresters -- including thousands of underworking union lumbermen across the Pacific Northwest -- shutting down logging operations, closing towns, drying up an American tradition.
What does President Bush do? He concedes on the issue, and lowers completely justified tariffs on Canadian lumber.
What does Canada do just days after that? It raises the subsidies once more.
With allies like this, who needs enemies?