Monday, 12 May 2008

Doing the right thing, the wrong way

I am fully in favour of strengthening Canada's Armed Forces. Lets give them the proper tools to do the jobs we ask of them. On the surface, a 20 year $30 billion plan to refurbish our again inventory of damn near everything is a good idea.

So how does Harper piss me off even though I agree with what he is doing? Cue the macho posturing:

"If a country wants to be taken seriously in the world, it must have the capacity to act. It's that simple," Harper said Monday at the Halifax Armoury, joined by Defence Minister Peter MacKay. "Otherwise, you forfeit your right to be a player. You're the one chattering on the sideline that everyone smiles at, but no one listens to."

What a nice sound bite. And what complete horse shit.

"taken seriously". What the hell does that mean? Has any country refused to negotiate a trade agreement with us because we buy used Leopard tanks? Has any country refused financial aid or disaster relief assistance becuase our helicopters fall in the sea? Has any country refused diplomatic negotations because our used diesel subs catch on fire?

If we declared war unilaterally on another country, then we wouldn't be taken seriously. Even with $30 billion dollars invested, we still wouldn't be able to sustain a major military offensive on our own. Well maybe if we invaded Iceland.

If Harper really wants us to be "taken seriously", then lets ramp up our efforts to combat climate change and take a leadership role in developing clean energy. Lets meet our commitments of 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid. Lets take a strong leadership role in solving our native land claims and the disgraceful state of native reserves. That would show a leadership role, and would distinguish us from our military trumpeting neighbors to the south.

Building up our military is an important initiative. But we aren't the loud and brash US with its domineering military presence worldwide. That's not our way, and stop promoting it otherwise you muscle headed twit.

1 comment:

Ken Breadner said...

You know we used to have the third largest military force in the world, right? Not all that long ago, either.
The reason we're not "taken seriously" isn't because we can't defend ourselves. It's because we demand that the United States look after our defense for us (free of charge, of course)...and because instead of thanking them, we insist on insulting them every chance we get. By any standard, that's rude.