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This week has four sketches


 

The first of what will be a weekly recap, posted each Friday, of what we saw and heard. On the occasion of this first installment, we deviate slightly from what will be the format going forward and reach back to last Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 18. ‘There is no evidence’
Thursday, November 19. Eighteen attempts to explain the same story

Monday, November 23. Prove it
Tuesday, November 24. Full disclosure
Wednesday, November 25. Lost in translation
Thursday, November 26. ‘Let us get beyond the rhetorical flourish’


 

This week has four sketches

  1. How are we doing on the full disclosure thing? It seems as though we completed the retired generals distribution earlier this week; are we onto the parliamentary committee part yet?

  2. Friday: "Oh, we actually knew all about it after all and started trying to fix it the second we took power!"

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/afghanmission/

    All that rejecting NDP suggestions to add prisoner monitoring almost immediately after they saw the initial agreement? Well, we couldn't have admitted they were right.

    I don't recall denying that I'd ever seen any documents on this subject!

    • So, just to get this straight, after the generals come to support the government's position, which is that warnings about torture were never sent, McKay has now asserted that he received all kinds of warnings, most notably from Mulroney (who we know from the bit of the unredacted memos, and Colvin's testimony, got his information from Colvin at least in part). But then to admit retired generals (i.e., private citizens) were given full access to documentation the parliamentary committee has been asking for for some time now with no result — !

      If that isn't contempt of parliament, I don't know how you define contempt.

      • Too bloody true it is!

    • This is what they should have said from the beginning

      • Agreed. But to come up with this explanation after a) sullying a person's reputation and b) trying every other excuse under the sun, it doesn't give the expected empathy and understanding of the situation. Not to mention that Ministers stood up in the House of Commons and lied for two years.

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