Monday, October 08, 2007

Channeling JFK with "little cakes for you"

"John F. Kennedy said to the Americans: 'Don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,"' Bernier said.
"Now, today, I'm asking Canadians, 'Don't ask the Afghan government what it can do for us in Canada, but what we Canadians can do for the Afghan people."'

~ Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier addressing Canadian troops on Sunday at one of thirteen photo-ops in Afghanistan.

WTF? Canadians don't need to ask the Afghan government what it is doing for us in Canada. We already know what the Afghan government is doing for us in Canada.
Without Afghan PM Karzai's little reciprocal staged photo ops, there'd be no opportunity at all for Steve to play Commander Bunnypants Jr "on the world stage", as he likes to call it.

Bernier was upbeat : "The territory is more secure now today, here in Kandahar than it was a year ago."
The UN was not : "The security situation in Afghanistan is assessed by most analysts as having deteriorated at a constant rate through 2007," stated their August report, adding that their own assessment of a 25% increase in violent attacks to likely be a conservative one.

The egregious new International Development Minister Bev Oda was along for the ride, "handing out sweets to soldiers and posing beside military vehicles."
G&M : "Yesterday's tour by the Conservative cabinet ministers included at least 13 photo opportunities. During a trip to a forward base, Ms. Oda stood in front of a concrete building scarred by shrapnel from Taliban mortars and offered a box of chocolate treats to the soldiers.
"Thank you for your work," she said, "and little cakes for you."

I think I'm gonna be sick.

5 comments:

Zorpheous said...

Alison,

fire me off your email address and I'll add you my image release list.

zorpheous@scubaq.ca

Q said...

We already know what Afghanistan does for us, 98% of the world's heroin...but it's only a 3 billion dollar issue at their end to stop.

That's less than 2 weeks spending in Iraq?
I guess they don't want photo ops around progress in that country, just never ending war if it's helping support their political base.

Dave said...

Hmmm... I think if Bev Oda showed up in my AO with "little cakes" for the lads and lasses, without at least two beers each to wash them down, I'd consider turning my sidearm on myself.

Gawd this bunch makes me want to vomit.

scout said...

ew, ew, ew! what a bunch of church pew nerds! bernier, at least hire david from-usa to write your speeches.

notice the suicide bomber lit himself up only 30 mintes after this nonsense? so how come nothing like this around coderre?

bevvy and bernie, put your burkhas back on!

Scott in Montreal said...

OMG Oda, passing out little cakes to the troops with their lives on the line for your photo ops? You just did one better than Marie Antoinette.

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