Friday, November 12, 2010

Blankety Blank ™ extends the mission

Even two years ago when Parliament voted to send a date certain for the Afghanistan mission to end as 2011, my fellow "progs" and I agreed that He Who Must Not Be Named would find a way to extend the mission.    We found out yesterday, yes he has.    But where did he make the announcement?   Not in Parliament as he should have.    Nor at any of the hundreds of cenotaphs across this fair land of Canada.    Nope.  He made it at a war memorial -- in Seoul, South Korea.

I can't remember the last time a Canadian PM was not in Ottawa for Remembrance Day.   In fact, traditionally, all the party leaders are together at the Cenotaph in the capital, one of the few times they stand together in solidarity.

This can't be decided by the executive alone contrary to what the PM thinks.  This needs to be properly debated in the House and a proper vote taken.   I think we have more than done our duty and sacrifice -- by the time next year rolls around we will have spent more time there than in both of the World Wars of the last century combined.   We can't go on and on like this.   Remember that it was 1945, after Hiroshima, that Truman sent "advisors" to help maintain a so-called ceasefire in Vietnam and that nightmare lasted another thirty years.

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Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight. It was OK to send troops to the bloodiest war in a generation without a vote in parliament (or even a debate?!) but keeping troops there in a non combative role must have one?

Gene Rayburn said...

Anonymous do two wrongs equal a right in your world? Just because it wasnt debated in 2001 doesn't mean it shouldnt be debated now? Why continue the trend of non-debate? How is that democratic? Stop being partisan, debate helps us all.

Dennis Hollingsworth said...

There's Harpy in South Korea boasting that he alone is the one able to make such a decision ... Harpy ='s total absolute Wanker !!!

ridenrain said...

Come on Gene. Show us all those press conferences, parliamentary debates and CBC specials on "Chretien's war".