Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Harper strong on afganistan date

I have to say that Harper is doing something right, now. Harper said he will not keep Canadian troops in Afghanistan longer than 2011 when they are set to leave. This is after Hillary Clinton said that she would like Canada to stay in Afghanistan longer than it's year of 2011. I am very happy that Harper keeps this promise to end our involvement in Afghanistan at 2011. I do think that unless a major need is made we should leave at 2011  but Canada should have some talks meetings and involvement without military after 2011. I think if we do this we can help the people of Afghanistan and still help it keep away from the Taliban. I am curious why the U.S would want us to stay longer than they are even willing to stay for. the U.S is plan to leave 2011 why should we stay longer. I think the mission in Afghanistan is since the beginning has improved a major amount and now Afghanistan is going to have to walk on it's own two feet without the Taliban.
"But I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're happy about it because … that wouldn't be telling you the truth. We'd love to have Canada stay in this fight with us. But again, you know, you've got your own considerations and we respect that."
At least 2,500 Canadian soldiers are in Afghanistan, serving under NATO. Since 2002, when the mission began, 141 Canadian soldiers and two civilians have died.


  1. I suspect that if it was a Republican administration, Harper would want to extend the mission. Of course, that is just cynical speculation on my part. Perhaps Harper just doesn't feel like spending any more political capital on this endeavor.

    Canada's involvement in Afg. is done largely in part to provide geopolitical cover to US foreign policy. 10+ years is long enough, and it's best that Canada pull out completely (and respectfully of course).

  2. One has only to think back on the actual pronouncement itself. It came out of the blue, no debate and was so out of left field it smacked of the cynicism that says, "Stephen Harper".
    I called BS that day and I hold to that. Stephen Harper serves Stephen Harper and he wasn't and still ain't finished with harvesting for Stephen Harper in Afghanisnam.

  3. The Clinton Legacy

    The Clintons, to adapt a line from Dr. Johnson, were not only corrupt, they were the cause of corruption in others. Yet seldom in America have so many come to excuse so much mendacity and malfeasance as during the Clinton years. Here are some of the facts that have been buried.
    - The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
    - Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
    - Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
    - Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
    - Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
    - First president sued for sexual harassment.
    - Second president accused of rape**
    - First first lady to come under criminal investigation
    - Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
    - First president to establish a legal defense fund.
    - First president to be held in contempt of court
    - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
    - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
    - First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court
    * According to our best information, 40 government officials were indicted or convicted in the wake of Watergate. A reader computes that there was a total of 31 Reagan era convictions, including 14 because of Iran-Contra and 16 in the Department of Housing & Urban Development scandal. 47 individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor charges. 14 persons were imprisoned. A key difference between the Clinton story and earlier ones was the number of criminals with whom he was associated before entering the White House.

  4. PROGRESSIVE REVIEW, 1999 – In the mid-1980s, as contaminated blood flowed from Arkansas inmates to other countries, then-Governor W.J. Clinton sat on his hands despite evidence of severe mismanagement in his prison system and its medical operations. . .
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