The Tyee’s Crawford Kilian argues that Harper’s Canada has become a rogue state.Kilian disposes of the arguments of those, including several Liberals, who see a “moral imperative” in our air war against ISIS.It’s a very selective morality that att…
Face it. There’s not much hope that we’re really going to achieve anything significant from our air war in Iraq, regardless of whether we get stuck into Syria also.All ISIS needs to survive is a nation in chaos. They weren’t in on the groun…
The Duffy trial is just about a week away. It seems like forever since the scandal broke plunging Harper’s PMO and the Senate into a fearful rout.To get you back up to speed on the scandal and all the players, National Post has published a d…
It’s the usual story. The federal government talks a good game but it’s just empty talk. A glaring example is Canada’s military. Harper came to power promising to build up the Canadian Forces into a war waging, ass kicking powerhouse. Rick “The Beached Cod” Hillier praised Harper to the rafters for rescuing the forces from their “decade of darkness” under the Liberals.
Today the boast is burst. Harper has his own stealth programme, quietly defunding the military. As Liberal senator Colin Kenny has pointed out, Harper won’t downsize the military to meet his budget cuts, unemployed soldiers would be hard to conceal. Instead he’s just allowing their equipment to fall apart as already overdue replacement is stalled.
Harper’s Hubris inevitably summons Harper’s Nemesis, the parliamentary budget officer.
Jean-Denis Frechette, the parliamentary budget officer, says the federal government will need to either pour more money into its defence budget, scale back its ambitions, or do a mixture of both in order to put Canada’s military on a sustainable footing.
The Harper government currently spends $21.5 billion on defence — or 1.1 per cent of the gross domestic product.
In order to sustain the existing number of troops, bases, tanks, planes and ships, the budget office says the Conservatives will have to spend about 1.6 per cent of GDP, which would be an increase of at least $3 billion annually.
“The model shows that it was only with the significant spending increases seen in the latter half of the 2000s that the affordability gap was closed and capability was able to be maintained and to some extent re-built. However, the recent cuts to the defence budget point to an impending affordability gap beginning in this fiscal year.”
That affordability gap — or shortfall — runs anywhere between $33 billion and $42 billion.
Frechette said, under the current budget structure, the government can afford a military about the same size it had in 1999, at the height of what the Conservatives have often described as the “decade of darkness” under the Liberals.
Warren Kinsella at the Hill Times:
… a few days ago… Abacus’ poll showed … that, between last August and now, Justin Trudeau’s inevitability had slipped 15 percentage points. That is, a lot fewer folks expected him to win, now.
Fifteen points. That’s a lot. The last time that number happened to the Liberal Party of Canada, in fact, was a decade ago. Remember? Paul Martin commenced his “Mad As Hell” tour …
In Saturday’s National Post Andrew Coyne (attacking Stephen Harper) argued that we should be “Watching our words on Islamism“.
Coyne makes the odd reasonable observation, like for example:
“… they [Islamists] are commanded by their faith to take up arms in its defence. Of this there can be no doubt: they have said so, on a hundred different occasions, and we would be wise to take them at their word.”
… then, sadly, he decides to advocate for Obama’s highly dubious “strategy” of lying about Islam’s blatantly obvious connection with terrorism – concluding that to be truthful, like Stephen Harper, is “playing with fire“.
In other words, Coyne, like Obama, presumably on the word of so-called “moderate” Muslims (Obama has close associations with members of the Muslim Brotherhood), prefers to ignore the obvious realities of political Islam and its extremist, violent opposition to the West (and to infidels everywhere). He prefers to go along with the many “moderate” Muslims in the West who peddle the obviously self-serving fiction that ISIS and other similarly motivated terrorists “are not Islamic”.
Rather than trying to mollify these “moderate” Muslims by ignoring or downplaying (lying about) the obvious links between Islam and Islamist terrorism we (that includes you, Mr. Coyne and Pres. Obama) should be insisting that they stop trying to obfuscate or deny the issue and instead to clearly and firmly denounce the radical elements in their midst – march in the streets (as they are so quick to do when Western satirists mock Mohammed). If, as they claim, ISIS, al Qaeda and other killers are indeed perverting Islam (rather than faithfully observing it) and are giving the one “true” Islam a very bad name, it is up to these “moderates” to be shouting out, en-mass, against it loudly, publicly and often. Can we expect this to happen any time soon? Not bloody likely – especially with the Obamas and Coynes among us giving them cover.
BTW. In the NP epaper, there were lots of great critical comments, while in the open version linked above there are a great many of the usual dhimmi leftists supporting Coyne.
And here is Blazing Cat Fur‘s blunt assessment:
Idiot At National Post Says If We Pretend Islam & Terrorism Aren’t Linked Muslims Will Like Us More!
You guys know the Harper Government is not forever, eh? That Bill C-51, with all the whizbang spy-and-dick-with-everyone-and-make-everything-illegal bill looks shiny and fun, but it sets you up for a terrific fall. Here’s why.
First, despite what it m…