Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bizzaro news, Afghan trip edition

As much as Conservative apologists try to downplay an unacceptable breach of security by junior minister Helena Guergis, this story won’t be going away. At least not until she does.

In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Dion said Guergis, the secretary of state for foreign affairs, put his security at risk by revealing details publicly of his itinerary in Afghanistan during a visit last weekend.

Information on such visits is usually blacked out to protect dignitaries, and the soldiers accompanying them, from attack by Taliban insurgents. But in an email to reporters on Saturday, Guergis discussed plans of Dion and deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff to visit the Provincial Reconstruction Team before the two men revealed them.

It makes me wonder what the Conservatives would be saying if the situations were reversed. (Starts rubbing his chin and looking pensive) I can picture it now…picture it now….picture it now…
Opposition blasts ‘treasonous’ Liberal minister
Harper demands immediate dismissal, files RCMP complaint


By Bizarro News Staff


Opposition leader Stephen Harper held a press conference yesterday to demand the immediate dismissal of Liberal junior foreign affairs minister Joe Blow, saying Blow’s unauthorized disclosure of confidential information put Canadian lives in danger by revealing details publicly of his itinerary in Afghanistan during a visit last weekend.


Information on such visits is usually blacked out to protect dignitaries, and the soldiers accompanying them, from attack by Taliban insurgents. But in an email to reporters on Saturday, Blow discussed plans of Harper and deputy leader Peter McKay to visit the Provincial Reconstruction Team before the two men revealed them.


In the press conference, Harper accused the Liberal minister of intentionally endangering their lives, and the lives of the soldiers guarding them, saying the disclosure of their itinerary constituted a “treasonous offence designed to give aid and comfort” to the enemy and silence legitimate criticism or the government’s Afghan policy.


“Luckily for Blow treason is no longer punishable by death in Canada, although a referendum on that question will be held under a future Conservative government. And there's no statue of limitations on treason ,” said Harper. “Life in prison doesn’t seem like enough. Blow needs to be fired from cabinet immediately, and the RCMP must investigate this case forthwith.”


Harper also called for the appointment of a judicial inquiry to explore if Blow was acting alone, or as part of a Liberal conspiracy involving the Prime Minister, Bill Clinton and Osama Bin Laden.


“Blow isn’t smart enough to have cooked this up on his own, he had to have help,” said Harper. “We all know the PM keeps his ministers on a tight leash, and nothing is said publicly without permission of the PMO.”


Diluting the power of the PMO and promoting ministerial and MP independence will be a key priority of a future Conservative government, Harper added, promising he would be much more of a "hands off" PM.

OK, maybe the death penalty thing was a little over the top. You get the idea though. I have no doubt the Blogging Tories would be crying TREASON! from the highest rooftops…or the lowest basements…

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7 comments:

kursk said...

Speaking of endangering lives, it is interesting to note how the rate of IED detonations have gone up significantly since Stephane Dions 'fact finding' (read: reinforcement of previously held beliefs..)tour.

The Taleban can read, and watch the news.Dions tacit support of withdrawl is a bone , thrown to wolves hungry to quicken our exit.

Always nice to see the 'loyal' opposition doing their best to get Canadian soldiers killed..

Next stop , Pakistan ?

A BCer in Toronto said...

That's really funny kursk, well done! A great bizarro comment. The uninitiated reader might actually even think you were being serious. But I know better. LOL

Ti-Guy said...

The uninitiated reader might actually even think you were being serious. But I know better. LOL

Yeah, I've tried to look at Kursk-esque commentary in that way from time to time, but I just can't sustain the suspension of disbelief long enough.

Maybe we should call the police on Helena Guergis. Isn't what she's done a crime or something?

Ron said...

The security angle deserves the coverage it is getting.
The bigger scandal (imho) was her idiotic admonishment - why the heck does Dion need to apologize to the troops?
Pure George Bush
No previous Canadian gov't has used our forces and their engagements as a wedge issue for political gain.

JimBobby said...

"No previous Canadian gov't has used our forces and their engagements as a wedge issue for political gain."

That's why he's called Pryminister Harper.

900 ft Jesus said...

a crime -

Boris posted this in the comment section at TGB (can't remember which day):

http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/sho...a:s_3_1-gb: s_43...

(c) assists an enemy at war with Canada, or any armed forces against whom Canadian Forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a state of war exists between Canada and the country whose forces they are....

(b) without lawful authority, communicates or makes available to an agent of a state other than Canada, military or scientific information or any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document of a military or scientific character that he knows or ought to know may be used by that state for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or defence of Canada;...

1) Every one is criminally negligent who

(a) in doing anything,

or(b) in omitting to do anything that it is his duty to do,shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other person

Mark said...

Did anyone actually see what Helena said? Her quote was aired on CBC and she was demanding Dion apologize to our troops on the ground because the idiot had submitted all of his personal conclusions and those of the Liberal party to the independenet afghan panel (headed by Liberal John Manley) 3 days before he left for Afghanistan. Look at the Liberal website - with Dion gloating about all of his conclusions on the mission before he went on his so-called "fact-finding mission". What a joke!

As far as I am concerned - what he did is totally insulting to our army and those fighting in afghanistan. Guergis is right - Dion should apologize and do so loudly.

As for Dion's safety... please... give me a break. If anyone actually took the time to look at the timelines of this story - Dion was on the ground for hours already before Guergis went public. Its hard to call Dion's safety into question when he was live on TV at Noon and wasn't on TV until that night... She did not go out and comment until Dion was already blasting his crap oipinions on TV live from Afghanistan. Perhaps Dion should spend some more time talking about invading pakistan... that will make him look less crazy then his stupid accusations against guergis.