A thought occurs on Stephen Harper’s climb-down on Afghanistan with the announcement earlier this week of 2011 as a firm end-date for Canada’s military involvement:
Canada's war in Afghanistan will come to end in 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared in the kind of unequivocal statement he's resisted making for over two and a half years.You know, the last time Stephen Harper made a promise on fixed-dates it was regarding a fixed-election date for 2009, and we all know how that one turned-out. Don’t get me wrong, I welcome Harper moving closer to the Liberal position. But if we couldn’t believe the Conservatives on fixed election dates, can we really believe them on fixed withdrawal dates.
Harper said that 10 years' of war in the desert wastelands and mountains is enough.
``You have to put an end date on these things,'' Harper said during a breakfast briefing Wednesday.
``We intend to end it.''
This is the same prime minister who famously intoned that Canada would not ``cut and run'' as long as he's in charge, and who had steadfastly refused to declare a firm exit date until he was forced to do so by an independent panel that reviewed the mission.
They may well have their fingers crossed this time too. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers