"I'm not going to stand here and tell you that the suicide bombings of this past week have been related to the debate back here in Canada. But I also cannot stand here and say that they are not.
"And, certainly, there is a perception out there that the Taliban will try to take advantage of the debate back here and try to prevent a cohesive mission and will indeed attempt to attack our Canadian Forces in Kandahar."
Hillier, once again sticking his nose in the politics - where it doesn't belong - while he also gets things ass backwards.
Let's look at his logic: the Taliban are increasing their attacks because Canada's government is talking about pulling out in 2011 while it's also asking for more NATO troops and equipment. Now, if I were a member of the Taliban, I'd be thinking "hmmm...if we increase our attacks, that will actually justify more NATO troops being sent here right now...not good for me." But Hillier seems to think that the Taliban are attacking because Canada's looking shaky in its commitment.
Look General Hillier, no matter what happens, it's obvious that Canadian troops will be in Kandahar until at least the end of our current commitment in February, 2009 and if the Taliban increases its attacks, that's one huge argument for extending the mission beyond that. So wtf are you talking about?
Stop treating our troops like pawns in your political game. If you had any respect for them, you wouldn't accuse them of not having a "cohesive mission". And beyond that, if you were truly concerned about their welfare, you'd insist that they be brought home because this war is a no-win situation no matter how you slice it.
Big sale at the Clue Store™ this week - stock up, Hillier. While you're at it, pick up the book, "How Not to be a Conservative Government Mouthpiece". You might learn something.
Great minds think alike. I see pogge used the term "emotional blackmail" as well.
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