That, according to Canwest and Canoe columnists, is what will happen to the LPC if Dion doesn't buckle and commit Canada to a war without end in Afghanistan. Because Harper plays Chess when everyone else is playing checkers! Because the notion that Canada should play the NATO game by its rules, and demand that our allies do the same and stand up when the time comes for Canada to step down has "no credibility" with the 23 people who actually read the Manley report from end to end! And because...get this, its rich!...an election over the mission will result in more Canadian casualties and that blood will be on Dion's hands!
Earlier this week, the Canadian military was reluctant to reveal how many bullets it has used in Afghanistan because it knows the Taliban reads the Canadian press. An election that centred on this issue would re-energize the Taliban's fanatical zeal, if they figured out that with a rush and push they could help elect a Liberal Party that is campaigning to exchange swords for ploughshares.
Well, for one thing, Mr. Ivison, I doubt they read the National Post, because nobody reads the National Post. You can't wrap dead fish in the National Post--the dead fish complain to much! You can't use it to line a bird cage--parrots refuse to crap on it!
And for another thing, thanks for the free advice, fellas, but no thanks. We learn this morning that France is "hinting" at providing a few handfuls of troops, but not enough and in any case no final decision will be made until after the March HOC vote on the mission extension. These will probably melt away like a french pastry on your tongue the day after that vote is taken.
So lets have an election over Afghanistan and see what shakes out. I would suggest that the collective weight of Canada's Conservative punditocracy will have the same ability to move the public on this issue that it has had for the past couple of years...zero!
Because, remember, if it had been up to this bunch our guys would be dying in Iraq. They like quagmires! The Canadian people know that, and ignore them accordingly.