Is there some kind of script that these people are reading from? Fucking hell:
Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor heatedly denied yesterday that a policy rift between himself and Chief of the Defence Staff Rick Hillier is holding up multibillion-dollar purchases of urgently needed new equipment for the Canadian military.
Mr. O'Connor also denied persistent rumours that the disagreement -- over whether to buy short-haul air transports for the mission in Afghanistan first, as General Hillier has said he needs, or long-haul aircraft, Mr. O'Connor's preference -- could lead to Gen. Hillier's departure...
While expressing support for Gen. Hillier, Mr. O'Connor also made no bones about the fact that he, and not the general, is in charge. "We are the government and we set the policy," he said. "The military and the public servants follow our policies."
Great. The civilian in charge of the military publicly slapping down the advice of the actual military leaders. What could possibly go wrong there?