09/19/2012 12:52 EDT

U.S. Invading Canada? Obama Administration Denies It's Planning War (VIDEO)

The Obama administration has confirmed the United States is not planning to invade Canada with help from Mexico. You read that right.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was taking questions Tuesday when a reporter asked about why a signing ceremony between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa wasn't open to the media, according to NBC.

Nuland responded she thought it had something to do with the Merida Initiative on organized crime, to which the journalist quipped: "This isn't some secret thing to invade Canada or something like that?"

As the reporters in the room laughed, Nuland responded in the negative. "No. It’s not anything classified" (You can see the exchange starting at 0:37 in the video above).

Twitter users were quick to make light of the exchange, with many hinting the denial is an obvious sign of an imminent attack.


News of the denial is also starting to make headlines around the web, with Politico posting a story on the lack of invasion plans Wednesday morning.

The New York Daily News postulated the news must be a relief not only to Canadians but to fans of the TV show "South Park" who watched an American Invasion of Canada become a "bloody quagmire," in the film "Bigger, Longer & Uncut."

A U.S. war with Canada was also mocked in the John Candy film "Canadian Bacon" and a possible invasion featured on the TV show "The West Wing," with a Pentagon official confiming there are battle plans ready to go.

While the subject of a U.S. conquest has often been a source of laughter, it has a very real history.

Documents declassified in 1974 show the United States developed a secret plan to invade Canada code named "War Plan Red." Developed in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the plan was created as a strategy to deal with a potential conflict, likely a commercial one, with the then-mighty British Empire.

The United States was behind the times in planning for war since Canada had formulated a similar strategy, code named "Defense Scheme No. 1" in the early 1920s. The plan called for a rapid occupation of Seattle, Wash., Great Falls, Mont. Minneapolis, Minn. and Albany, N.Y., all as an attempt to divert American forces until help from the U.K. and other allies could arrive.

Of course, Canada and the U.S. fought a very real war starting in 1812, a conflict which the Canadian government has been giving a great deal of attention to of late. To celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the conflict, Canada's Conservative government has released a commercial on the history of the War of 1812 as well as staging a large number of events.

For now it seems the renewed interest in the history of Canada-U.S. conflict isn't a sign of renewed hostilities. In fact, a poll taken near the end of last year found Canadians actually like President Obama more than Americans do.

Perhaps Obama can launch a one-man invasion if he loses in November.

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