Sunday, February 22, 2015
Jason Kenney's Sorry and Surrealistic Terrorist Game
Well let nobody say I didn't warn them. I predicted Jason Kenney would be the worst possible Defence Minister for these troubled times.
I knew that sexually repressed religious fanatic would be inflamed by a religious war, and the sight of so many men in uniform.
And would soon lose control of himself, start shooting his mouth off, and trying to turn our mini-war in Iraq into an all-out crusade.
Defence Minister Jason Kenney has indicated the government is not ruling out taking Canada's military mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group beyond Iraq — to Syria and Libya.
And sure enough there he goes, or there he blows. Making it sound like he's prepared to expand our military mission.
Even though our six jets are apparently having trouble launching one bombing mission a week in Iraq, and expanding their area of operation would strain our limited resources further.
As well as increasing the risk that one of our pilots could end up in an ISIS cage, being burned to death or beheaded.
But then of course it's all just posturing. Like that mini-mission itself. Just for show. Just a political game.
And Kenny is only trying to make the gulf between the Con position on the war and that of the opposition appear even wider, so the Harperite cult can use it as a wedge issue in the next election campaign.
And he is getting carried away. Telling everyone he meets, according to John Ivison, that his ancestors fought in the War of 1812, the Fenian Raids, the Boer War and in both World Wars.
And no doubt that his grandfather Mart Kenney, the famous Canadian band leader who he more closely resembles, played more than 200 Coca Cola Victory shows during the Second World War.
So he's a real soldier too eh?
Like his Great Warrior Leader...
Which would be hilarious, especially since Kenney is also the Minister for Multiculturalism...
And the contrast between his two jobs couldn't be more surrealistic or more Monty Python.
If it wasn't for the fact that by shooting his mouth off, and exaggerating Canada's tiny role in the war, both him and Harper are increasing the chances that we could be hit by a terrorist attack.
Which is almost certainly what what they both want, hopefully just before the next election.
And the good news? Kenney's blowhard ravings on terror and the Jihadi threat, is undermining support for the Cons in the very communities he has worked so hard to court.
The Liberals have widened their lead over the Conservatives among foreign-born Canadians, according to a new EKOS Research poll.
Up one per cent from last week, 42 per cent of foreign-born Canadians are supporting the Liberals and 28.2 per cent are supporting the Conservatives — with a margin of error of 4.4 per cent. The NDP are in third, at 14.6 per cent, with the Greens trailing them at 8.2.
So they're gaining votes in some places, and losing them in others.
On the one hand, Conservative support in Quebec — where a recent poll showed a majority concerned about religious fundamentalism — remains strong. On the other, hints of nativism can push some immigrants away.
And it won't be long before the outbreak of fear and loathing in Quebec subsides, and other Canadians realize that Kenney is not the man for the job...
That we need a belligerent religious fanatic like him at a time like this, like we need a hole in the head, or a terrorist attack.
And that if we are to be truly safe.
That absurd Con blowhard must also be given his marching orders. All the way back to Alberta.
Before he brings disaster down upon us...
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