1) No underlings (military, RCMP) in tow.
2) No coffee in the coffee mugs (nor anywhere else in sight).
3) Plus--and this is the clincher--if you look at a close up of Harper's coffee mug
...you realize that its thisYes, a "With the Beatles" coffee mug. "All my loving" and lame stuff like that. People, you can't talk War with anything less than a Led Zep mug, and really, this is best.
PS. The always observant Buckets notes:
Note also the family photo in the background. But where is this meeting taking place? Harper's office? Then the seating at his desk is wrong. A meeting room? Who has pictures of their family in a meeting room? And whose pictures of their family have themselves so prominently placed? No, again the choice of photo is all part of the staging -- to display Harper as a family man.