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Mulcair backtracks on bin Laden comments

Blames post-election “fatigue” for doubting the existence of photos of the dead al-Qaeda leader


 

NDP Deputy Leader Thomas Mulcair has backtracked after telling a CBC host on Wednesday he doesn’t believe the U.S. has photos of a dead Osama bin Laden. Mulcair was back on the CBC Thursday to clarify his comments. He now says he doesn’t doubt the photos exist, and blames post-election “fatigue” for the gaffe.

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Mulcair backtracks on bin Laden comments

  1. The NDP is not serious enough to be the official opposition.

  2. He's in charge of the nursery. Just getting Vegas ready to speak must be fatiguing, given how long it is taking.

  3. "FINNERTY: Thomas Mulcair do you wish that you hadn't addressed this question or do you think it's really important that we have this conversation?"

    Mulcair should just keep his mouth shut and let this story fade away.

  4. I predict that there will be a lot of "post-election “fatigue”" for the next 4 years. lol

  5. Mulcair wasn't suggesting any kind of conspiracy theory. He was talking about photos that might somehow show how the killing happened, and didn't seem to get that Evan Solomon was initially talking only about photos of the corpse after the fact. That's where the fatigue probably came in.

    Here's an excerpt from a later part of the original interview.

    >> Evan: BECAUSE THERE'S NOW NEWS THAT THE QUESTION WAS WAS OSAMA BIN LADEN REACHING FOR HIS WEAPON OR WAS HE JUST SHOT?
    YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT. BUT JUST SO I UNDERSTAND THIS CLEARLY —

    >> Mulcair: THEY WOULD REQUIRE MORE THAN A PICTURE IN THAT CASE, EVAN. YOU'D NEED A MOVIE OF THE WHOLE THING. I DON'T THINK YOU'RE GOING TO GET THAT EITHER.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-b

    And here's the clarification:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-b

  6. I saw the original interview on P&P. Mulcair looked like an incoherent, babbling, conspiracy nut bar.

    Keep in mind the interview went on for several minutes. It's not like the guy just had a momentary brain fart.

    I used to be quite impressed by the guy…but seeing him yesterday…whoa…I'll bet he gets along great with caucus comrad Libby Davis.

    • I listened to his clarification. If it was rest he needed he certainly didn't get any last night. The rustling of his tin foil helmet must keep him up.

  7. I voted for the NDP so they would speak truth to power not be Liberal pushovers. IS there something wrong with doubting the US government? Don't you?

  8. Mulcair and they NDP will soon learn how they lost their big push when they took out the Bloc.Quebec will soon learn that one socialist party is no better than the other.The Liberals have already learned that Haste makes Waste and will take 4 years to rebuild their party and in four years Canadians will either put them back in government or official opposition. Canadians have learned that we do not have to kiss butt to Quebec to have a majority government.Thanks to the NDP who played the Bloc for socialist buddies while undercutting them for the last two years..Soon the Quebecois will see Liberals or Conservatives is the only way to go and that blackmail is no longer in vogue.

    • the liberals lost the election all by themselves, funny how y'all are blaming it on the NDP when in fact it was the super terrifico political operator (otherwise known as leader of the Borg) Harper who played the game deliberately to maximize the Liberal Party's destruction … you lost, figure out how you are going to be relevant again (hint: sad sack sour grapes about the NDP is not going to get you there).

  9. Sigh. You are trying to respond to conbots with facts. It'll never take, I tell you.

    • Not everyone critical of Muclair is a Conbot. In fact, this Conbot has stated several times that he doesn't think Muclair said anything all that outrageous.

  10. Nice comparison for they are soulmates.

  11. This is a non-story. I understand that with the election done and Bin Laden's killing a few days old, this was exciting for the media to pick up, but it's been given enough legs. Either Mulcair was hung over or was misunderstood, either way he's made a clear statement on it today so let's move on.

  12. Lol!!!

  13. I want to know his opinion on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I bet he's got a great theory.

    • I'm willing to bet there's more than one "troofer" in that new crop of MPs.

  14. Nature abhors a vacuum. Too bad in the post-election let down people think they have to attach so much attention to such trivialities … to the Liberals – get over it, you lost … to the Conservatives – get over it, you won, and could ya wait at least a month before turning on the Big Blue Sneer machine and setting it to Orange Attack? I've had quite enough of the nasty you said was only necessary in a minority … Ok, you have your majority, so shut up and get to work, after all, that is what you said you would do.

  15. …and just think, our 'unbiased' media is going to give him and his ilk far fairer treatment over the next four years than the government. Remember, the responses here have no bearing on reality as the conservative support only comes out on election day.

  16. This is hardly a raging controversy. I had my doubts too when I first heard that not only was he dead, but they had already buried him at sea. I don't doubt it anymore now that I've read the reports on it. But I'd cut Muclair some slack on this one. He's had a long 5 weeks. There will be plenty of outrageous utterances by the rookie NDP closet and not-so-closet separatists in the months and years to come. We need not obsess over a little Muclair gaffe.

  17. I wouldn't worry too much about Muclair. I don't think this little slip is egregious in the least. Hell, I doubted the story – especially when I heard he had been "buried at sea" – until I read the reports about it. It now seems credible, though several questions remain to be answered.

    I predict that at least a few of those new NDP MPs from Quebec are 9/11 "truthers". When the tenth anniversary of the attacks comes up this fall, and they start blathering their theories, imagine the fun we'll have then.

  18. Should have. Could have. Would have. Didn't.

    He is a politician. And he had an opinion. So he gave it. Then regretted giving it. And then tried to obfuscate it. Isn't that how it works!?

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