While Canada Wept


Sometimes a press release is worth a thousand op-eds. Herewith revealed, the essential fecklessness of Canada’s attempts at conducting foreign affairs. All that seems to have been left out is the part where Rasmussen looks at Cannon and goes, “‘and you are…?”

Minister Cannon meets NATO’s Secretary General Rasmussen

December 3, 2009 – NATO, Brussels

Minister Cannon met with NATO’s Secretary General Rasmussen today. Many topics were discussed during the meeting, including the situation in Afghanistan following President Obama’s announcement on troop reinforcement.

They agreed that 2010 would be an important transition year for Afghanistan and looked forward to the conference on Afghanistan to be held in London in January 2010.

The Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the Canadian contribution in Afghanistan, saying “Canada is making a difference”.

They also discussed NATO-Russia relations as well as Canada’s firm commitment and clear plans in affirming its Arctic sovereignty.

The Secretary General noted he was looking forward to visiting Canada early in the new year.

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While Canada Wept

  1. Myself, I fail to see the point, nor do I see any "fecklessness".

  2. "the essential fecklessness of Canada's attempts at conducting foreign affairs."

    Depends what Potter means. I see fecklessness in Canada's attempt at foreign affairs since we decided to let our armed services wither decades ago. No one cares what you have to say if you don't have a few Divisions on the ground.

    I am proud that we still have armed services at all, and that there are Canadians willing to help oppressed, but we need bigger military for anyone to actually care about what we think. We get the bum's rush for a reason.

    • I agree, although I was essentially saying what Crit_Reasoning says below more eloquently than me.

  3. Some press releases are worth a thousand op-eds, but this one isn't. You're reading way too much into a mundane 100-word presser. If you want to reveal Canada's foreign affairs "fecklessness" try building a case supported by actual evidence, not just some short, vague press release.

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