Back here (in the first comment), Olaf opened the bidding with a curiously misworded submission for a debate topic:
Just to get things moving, howabout this debate topic:
"Can support for the troops be equated with support for the war?"
Um ... no, Olaf, that's not the question. The proper question is, in fact, "Must support for the troops be equated with support for the war?" Or, conversely, "Is it even possible to profess support for the troops without that support being dishonestly and opportunistically misinterpreted as support for the war?"
Blogging Tory Frank Parker ... what say you? (emphasis probably unnecessary, but let me make it easy for the hard of thinking among you)
Principle over Popularity
This is a tough issue to take a stand on for our party. But I truly hope that Stephen Harper will take a stand, defy these so-called experts and the opposition and extend the mission. We’ve supported the mission since Day1 (as have most Liberals) but unlike the Liberals we have principle. We’ve said we’re behind the troops, and we’ve got to commit to that.
And there you have it -- supporting the troops equals extending the mission, and vice versa, and one potential topic for debate is resolved once and for all, and we can move on.
No, no, don't thank me -- efficient time management is what I'm all about.