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‘I didn’t know all of the specifics’


 

However much Peter MacKay supports the troops, he apparently wasn’t much involved in one of the Harper government’s most significant moves in regards to the war in Afghanistan.

“The Savage War,” by Canadian Press defence writer and Afghanistan correspondent Murray Brewster, paints a portrait of a PMO keen to preserve its tenuous grip on minority power and desperate to control the message amid dwindling public support for the war.

MacKay, who took over Defence from Gordon O’Connor in August 2007, was blindsided by the Harper government’s decision later that year to set up a blue-ribbon panel to review the mission headed by former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley, Brewster writes. “It wasn’t discussed with the broader cabinet, no,” the minister says in the interview. “I didn’t know all of the specifics.”


 

‘I didn’t know all of the specifics’

  1. “…. desperate to control the message amid dwindling public support for the war.”

    Whoever started the trend with government being more worried about message control rather than public opinion should be harshly punished.

     I am curious to see what happens when taxpayers are finally no longer forced to subsidize political parties – will there be fewer witless talking heads? I certainly hope so because our political discussions would improve immeasurably if our msm stops being stuck on stupid and realizes what Comms people actually do. 

    George Orwell ~ Politics and English Language:

    Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

  2. “MacKay… was blindsided by the Harper government’s decision later that year to
    set up a blue-ribbon panel to review the mission…”
    Maybe if that decision had been made in a helicopter or a Challenger MacKay would have been there.

  3. Just nod your head, Peter, and say, “Yes”. Peter Mackay: bobble-head doll.

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