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If it’s Sunday morning (II)


A transcript of the Prime Minister’s appearance on Fox is now online. One excerpt below.

WALLACE: You said recently that Afghanistan has had an insurgency for most of its history, and then you added this, “Quite frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency.” Prime Minister, does that mean that we’re going to have to learn to live with Al Qaida and the Taliban in that part of the world?

HARPER: No, I wouldn’t — I wouldn’t put it that way. I think what Secretary Gates said is correct, that first of all, we absolutely have to see the elimination of any kind of threat to the wider world, to North America.

Obviously, the Al Qaida insurgency and the Al Qaida element of this has to be — has to be eliminated. I think we agree with that. In terms of the rest of it, you know, I don’t think it’s a case that we — we’ve got to see progress on the insurgency. We’ve got to see a state where the Afghan government can handle its own day-to-day security. I just think it would be unrealistic to suggest we’re going to eliminate every last domestic insurgent in Afghanistan. Certainly, the history of the country would indicate that’s not a very realistic objective, and I think we have to have realistic objectives.

WALLACE: But — but — but forgive me, sir. Your statement was a little broader than that. You said we’re not going to ever defeat the insurgency, not eliminate every single bad guy out there. That seems to indicate you think that we’re not going to be able to defeat Al Qaida.

HARPER: Well, I think if you — if you actually look at my comments in context, this is what I was saying. I do believe you’ll see some kind of insurgency in Afghanistan for some time to come. It’s been the nature of that country, unfortunately.

But we certainly want to see a situation where the Afghan government can handle that security situation on a day-to-day basis, where they can take care of their own responsibility, and obviously where the insurgency is of a nature that it doesn’t threaten the wider global community.


If it’s Sunday morning (II)

  1. “I know in Canada there have been some criticisms in the past that we were perhaps too activist, intervening too much, but we’re emerging from this with probably the only truly free market financial system in the world.”

    “And we’ve got to have good systems of national regulation with some kind of — with some kind of international peer review in the long term.”

    To the PM

    I don’t believe “truly free market financial system” means what you think it means if you are calling for more ‘national regulation’ and ‘international peer review’ while talking about free markets.


  2. Harper has blown his credibility in Canada and is on his way to blowing it in the rest of the world. No wonder the Conservatives are trying to figure out a way to usher this guy out the exit.

  3. Could someone please ask Harper how this national regulation system came into being, considering the immense pressure government of the day felt from down south and also from the whiny, coddled leader of the opposition during that time. Seems to me he could at least point us to the people we may be able to lay some of that blame at, you know, before ‘Canada’s new government’ came into existence.

  4. i am so annoyed by the National conservs and this man because he could have been the best PM we ever had; instead he and they are the greatest disappointment. not even Mulroney was this irresponsible so quickly.

  5. Harper seems to be twisting himself in knots trying to anticipate what’s going to go over best with Obama, while throwing domestic tidbits to the hard right back home. I don’t think he’s fooling Barack who sees all and knows all.