Thursday, May 7, 2009

Harper makes another surprise visit to Afghanistan

Hearing about this 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, making a surprise visit to Kandahar Airfield on Thursday, emphasized Canadian contributions to Afghan development over combat efforts in the war-torn country.
Harper and Gen. Walter Natynczyk, the chief of defence staff, then served coffee to soldiers at the base.

reminded me of this Guardian editorial:
Stuffed by a Plastic Turkey 
Bush'Harpers Gesture Politics Suggest a Man Seriously Worried About His Career

Although the image of George Bush Stephen Harper, until recently, was of a man who could do whatever he wanted in both America Canada and the world, recent events have suggested a man seriously worried about both his image and his career. The president Prime Minister seems to have entered a phase of gesture politics, and the gestures are those of a man who, while still swimming vigorously, has suddenly come to accept the possibility of drowning.

If the president Prime Minister were to use the plastic turkey of blue sweater vests in commercials now, his opponents would make a real meal of it, so Bush 2004 Harper 2009 needs some other photo-ops.
Recommend this Post


sassy said...

I have little issue with Stephen Harper going to Afghanistan. It's his coming back to Canada that bothers me.

Constant Vigilance said...


See, I think you would be good at this.

Robert McBean. said...

my punch lines are being stolen everywhere today.

Constant Vigilance said...

At least you don't have to live with the regret of not putting that line in your post.