Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Reason #1493 why Stephane Dion is not a leader
Get a load of what opposition leader Stephane Dion had to say about how Prime Minister Harper should set policy for the war in Afghanistan:
What he would like to do is to have an open-war mission with no deadlines. But he has to cope with the public opinion of Canada, and they are a minority government."The leader of one of Canada's governing alternatives is on record saying that a leader during times of war needs to be led by public opinion.
Like the ads keep saying, folks, Stephane Dion is not a leader.
Just read the article I linked to above. I don't think I've ever seen an opposition leader so flustered by the actions of a prime minister.
Harper is essentially saying that the current mission will end, and that a new one will have to be voted upon. Pretty straight forward.
What does Dion do in reply? He clings to the line that Harper wants 'open-ended war', irresponsibly demands that Harper set all details of war policy in the newspapers, and himself is clearly guilty of using media polls to determine his own policies regarding the lives of our soldiers in combat.
In other words, Harper is clearly backing away from an extension of the current mission, and Dion will have none of it. He'd rather attack what he wants Harper's position to be, rather than deal with what the real world is feeding him.
I don't think I've ever seen a more selfish and politicized stance towards war.
If someone can please tell me how in the world anything Dion is saying about Afghanistan is responsible, I'd love to hear it. As far as I can tell, he's a politician who is showing himself to be completely unsuited for a position of real leadership.
In other words, Stephane Dion, you're still not a leader. Not by a long shot.