Gordon O'Connor stands up for Canada:
Canada's defence minister says he hopes the United States won't shift any of its troops from Afghanistan to boost its war in Iraq.
Gordon O'Connor says he doesn't object to U.S. President George W. Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq, provided it doesn't mean the Americans "draw any troops from Afghanistan to reinforce Iraq." He says that's the only aspect of the U.S. decision he's thought about.
O'Connor also says he's not aware of any U.S. resources leaving Afghanistan to participate in Iraq.
Apparently, Gordon O'Connor doesn't read the newspaper:
"Already, a U.S. Army infantry battalion fighting in a critical area of eastern Afghanistan is due to be withdrawn within weeks in order to deploy to Iraq."
Tune in next week when Gordon O'Connor tries to explain that what he said is not at all what he meant and, besides, he was being quoted out of context, yeah, that's the ticket.