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Keystone XL Answers From The Obama State Department



By Rick Manning || Kathleen Sebelius’ unceremonious dumping answered the question of what does it take to get fired in the Obama Administration with an expected answer. You get fired when it is more useful to Obama for you to be a scapegoat than to be protecting secrets on the inside.

Now that we know that answer, the longest lingering question of the Administration is, will they ever allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built across the US/Canadian border?

The answer is no.

The latest delay on approval came from the Obama State Department putting off the decision until after the November elections, citing litigation over the location of the pipeline in Nebraska.

A quick look at the U.S. map confirms that Nebraska not only does not border Canada, but it doesn’t even border a state that borders Canada. No, Nebraska’s northern border is approximately 500 miles south of Canada.

While it might sound to the perpetually ignorant of the left like the State Department would have something to do with the fifty states which make up our union, in fact it only deals with foreign states. This might explain their geographic confusion over their decision on whether to allow this pipeline to cross the 49th Parallel that divides Canada and the U.S. in that part of the continent. They must think that their mission statement includes pipeline siting a full day’s drive, as the crow flies, south of the border.

Perhaps a U.S. map should be required to be placed in all State Department offices right next to their pictures of Obama, Biden and Kerry. Arrows pointing away from the U.S. borders in all directions with the words – YOUR JURISDICTION – to provide clarification for these geographically impaired geniuses.

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Rick Manning is communications director of Americans for Limited Government. This column – which originally appeared on – is reprinted with permission.

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