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Jack Layton "Heartened" by Afghan Loss

October 6th, 2008

We’re not going to win this war,” Brig. Mark Carleton-Smith said this weekend. He is the most senior British military commander in Afghanistan, and he was talking about a war in which almost 100 Canadians have lost their lives. He may be right, at least at present troop levels, we may only be able to reduce the risks “…to a manageable level of insurgency that’s not a strategic threat and can be managed by the Afghan army.”

But it is unimaginable that someone who claims to be running for the Prime Ministership of Canada would respond to that declaration with these words:

I’m heartened actually by the words of this senior military commander…

He’s heartened by the country he leads suffering a military loss! He is heartened that he was right and his country will, according to Mark Carleton-Smith, not win a war in which they are engaged! He is heartened by the defeat of his country at the hands of mysoginistic, hateful terrorists who want to tear down the progressive society he has worked his life to try and build up.

For the record, here’s the quote in context, because some apologists will say it matters – it doesn’t:

“I’m heartened by the words of this senior military commander who is adding his voice to those many, many Canadians and others around the world who believe that the prosecution of the continued war effort has got to be changed,” Mr. Layton said.

“The New Democrats came out very early with this view and we’ve continued to argue respectfully with those who disagree that there’s got to be a new path … Let’s hope that more and more people are reaching this conclusion.”

Again, read it how you want, but Jack Layton (pictures above, riding away) is “heartened” that a senior military adviser has said what Jack Layton has been saying, we will lose this war.

Being heartened by Canada’s defeat, makes him unfit to lead it.

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  1. Mark, Ottawa
    October 6th, 2008 at 14:35 | #1

    There’s a lot more to what the Brigadier actually said than what Taliban Jack is spewing (and much of the major media). See this post at The Torch (and do read the link to Terry Glavin):

    Afstan: Spinning madly to declare defeat


  2. truepeers
    October 14th, 2008 at 11:50 | #2

    My sister lives in Layton’s riding. One of her neighbours is telling a story about Jack. The neighbour went to a Layton rally. A few blocks away s/he noticed an SUV-type vehicle pull up, Jack got out with his bike and proceeded to the rally.

  3. Brian
    October 14th, 2008 at 11:54 | #3

    Doesn’t surprise me at all truepeers.

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