Left Out

A month ago I said that “half measures” in the fight against Da’esh were not going to work.

A report in this morning’s Globe and Mail suggests I am right …

“Canada has been excluded from a high-level meeting of “significant contributors” to the U.S.-led coalition called to discuss stepping up the fight to defeat Islamic State militants.

Harjit-Sajjan-photoThe meeting of defence ministers from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands is set for Wednesday in Paris.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office acknowledged he wasn’t invited to Paris but denied Canada has lost its influence within the coalition.”

C’mon, Minister, every teenager knows that some party invitations matter and some other don’t … we were not invited to a party that mattered. But Justin Trudeau, Stéphane Dion and the striped pants set at Global Affairs Canada, mostly members of the Laurentian Elites, think that a seat on the UN Security Council ~ one of those second class, temporary, rotating seats ~ is more valuable than being trusted in the “councils of the mighty.” They’re wrong and this government’s slavish, mindless adherence to a throw away campaign promise is going to cost Canada in real influence.

Our CF-18s are still doing yeoman service and smart Liberals ~ and there are some ~ are

scrambling to try to find ways to talk less about “sunny ways” and do more about stopping barbarism before it strikes us here, at home.

Keeping promises is, broadly and generally, a good thing … but some promises are ill-considered and need to be broken. Withdrawing our combat forces from the fight against Da’esh is one of that kind. The Liberals need to break this promise and when (if) they do we Conservatives should congratulate the, not castigate them.

By Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.


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