Some honourable macleans.ca members: Hear! Hear!


As anyone with the dubious fortune of being in my presence last night can confirm, I had a few things to say about comments made by a certain secretary of state on the testimony delivered by a certain retired general on Canada’s abandonment of Omar Khadr before the Subcommittee on International Human Rights, what with being there and all. (Note how, in my version of events, that exchange was pretty clearly found to be So Not The Point, as far as the actual issue under discussion.)

In fact, I was all set to post a slightly sanitized version of the rant that I delivered to all and sundry within earshot last night – this is, after all, a family-friendly website, except for that Feschuk character – but it turns out that I don’t have to do a thing, because my awesome colleagues have pretty much said it all.

That doesn’t mean I won’t leap into the fray at a later point – especially if there is any suggestion that the senator might be sanctioned by his caucus for his remarks. Which I very much doubt will happen, what with the Liberals not being completely and utterly incapable of recognizing such blatant torqueing of his words by that aforementioned secretary of state. (You hear that, Liberals? Don’t make me break out the strikeout text to edit the previous sentence.) But for now, I have a very patient Boston Terrier to walk, and committees to round up, so check out Aaron Wherry and Chris “Megapundit” Selley, and imagine me nodding in furious agreement.


Some honourable macleans.ca members: Hear! Hear!

  1. Kady
    I wasn’t in the room but I was watching on ParlVU and I know what I saw. Mr. Kenney baited General Dallaire.

    Kenney used language to clearly use a wedge scare tactic for the public rather than talk about Omar Khadr.

    I am nodding furiously in agreement too.

  2. Being a CPAC junkie I watched the General and listened in disbelief as he has always been a true Canadian hero to me. However I think that he has allowed his emotions on this issue to get the better of him and was very sad to hear the vile comments that he made to equate a moral relative equivalent between not asking for Khadr to be bought home to that of a terrorist using an innocent child to explode a bomb killing other innocents is well and away completely beyond the pale. Not only should he be disciplined but I am afraid that to me he has lost all credibility as a source of information about this issue as well as soemone who represents us in the upper house. I think he wshould be removed from the Party and the Senate if possible and if not well here is another reason we should have an effective and elected Senate. Yes he was baited but then not only did he re-iterate his statements but he added more. This is way beyond being just unacceptable.

  3. It must be fantastic to serve with distinction in the Canadian Armed Forces, only to have to take crap from a guy who has never laced up a pair of boots in his life.

  4. Big Daddy: Speaking from experience: Oh, believe me, it is.

  5. Now, if Rick Hillier played the, “you can’t criticize me because you’ve never laced up a pair of combat boots” card, how would it be received here? Not well, I presume.

    I greatly respect Senator Dallaire’s service to his country, and I can’t begin to comprehend what he experienced in Rwanda. Having said that, the moral equivalence he displayed yesterday was appalling. This approach was last seen on display during the Cold War, when the political left told us that the West was, “just as bad” as the Soviet Bloc. You knew it was only a matter of time until it was rolled out in the current context. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. The democratic West was, in fact, vastly morally superior to the oppressive Soviet Bloc, just as the Western alliance against terrorism is vastly morally superior to Al Queda. As Ronald Reagan once said, “We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.”

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