Shorter Stephen Harper: "Dear Ms. Watkins: Fuck you and your grief."
(I had no plans on bringing up that memory but since the Rev. thought it worth mentioning, I figured it was worth a link.)
AFTERSNARK: Let's be clear about what just happened here. The reason I took such umbrage with the aforementioned Ms. Watkins so long ago was her attitude of, "Now that my son is dead, it's necessary for other peoples' sons to die as well so I can feel good about it." And here's where the fun starts.
You see, it's not that Harper has finally twigged to the fact that Afghanistan is unwinnable and that he's not going to throw more lives at it. That in itself would be bad enough and would be a resounding slap in Ms. Watkins' face. Oh, no, let's look at Stephen's actual words:
"Frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency," Harper said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN. "My reading of Afghanistan history is that's it's probably had an insurgency forever of some kind."
Note well that that revealing admission doesn't just represent the scales falling from the eyes recently. Fuck, no, it admits to a historical lesson that Harper is admitting should have been obvious from the very beginning. In short, Harper is plainly admitting that Afghanistan was doomed to failure from the beginning, which implies that all of those Canadian lives were tossed away for the sake of Stephen Harper's posturing and strutting on the world stage.
At least I had the decency to restrict my ire to one person. Harper, on the other hand, just told the mothers of all those dead Canadian soldiers that their kids died for nothing, and he knew it was going to be like that all along.
I await the Blogging Tories and their newfound anger. Directed at the right person this time.
CLARIFICATION: Obviously, Harper isn't responsible for the lives that were lost before he was elected. But he can certainly be held accountable for what happened after that.
OH, MY: Shorter Blogging Tory and Keyboard Commando "Papa" Junker: "It's a military necessity that other peoples' kids died so that mine probably won't."