Thursday, March 12, 2015
Stephen Harper: Great Chicken Hawk or Great Pigeon Leader?
One of the things I hate the most about Stephen Harper is the way he likes to pose as a monstrous chicken hawk.
A Great Warrior Leader leading the fight against ISIS AND the war on Russia.
When in fact he is just the depraved leader of a rogue nation...
And as this former ambassador to Russia points out, just a hawk in pigeon feathers.
Stephen Harper’s gotten me so scared, I feel like hiding in a closet. The prime minister is quite right — the highest purpose of government is to protect its citizens. Why, then, does he try to scare the bejesus out of them every day?
It’s commonly assumed that all this fear will help Mr. Harper win the coming election by posing him — against a lurid background of crime and terror — as a tougher SOB than his rivals, at home and abroad. I’m not so sure. I think folks might well tire of all this fantasy, see through the hypocrisy — the collision of tough talk with tepid action. All hat, no cattle.
A bellicose windbag who blows hot air out of every orifice, but fails to deliver.
If the world is, quite suddenly, such a dangerous place, why is our defence budget so modest? Why is our weapon procurement process such a disaster? If we’re such a good friend of Ukraine, why aren’t we giving that beleaguered state more help — faster and with fewer conditions?
Looking at our record and rhetoric, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that we led Ukrainians to underestimate the risks of picking a fight with the Kremlin — and to overestimate the help they’d get from us if they did.
And isn't just a poseur on the military front...
But is also a walking squawking diplomatic disaster.
Not only are we short-changing the military, we’ve apparently given up on negotiation. We shut our embassy in Tehran down. With Ukraine, we were the only country to withdraw our ambassador from Moscow at the height of the crisis in Crimea. Across the board, our diplomats have been muzzled and marginalized, their operations nickel-and-dimed to death.
The Harper government’s record in the world is nothing to run on. It’s a train wreck.
And a cowardly leader who would scare his own people more than he scares his enemies...
It's a depressing situation, But the good news, as the former ambassador points out, is that Canadians appear to be waking up and recognizing a Con game when they see one.
A recent EKOS poll gives me hope. It suggests that Harper’s message of fear resonates most with the Tory base, but that most Canadians aren’t buying it — and don’t think our civil rights should be trampled because one twisted terrorist stormed Parliament last fall. Bill C-51 may not be nearly so popular as the Tories like to think.
And since all Harper has to run on now is The Great War on Terror, the more we can strip his phony military credentials off him.
The more he will be exposed for what he really is...
A hawk in pigeon feathers, whose only plan to make us safer is to try to turn us into a police state.
Canadians will not be impressed.
He will end up badly.
And we will have the last laugh...
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