Musings —11.15.2010 09:45 AM—
A quick recap:
- The Conservative caucus is wholly in favour of keeping the war going in Afghanistan. If given the chance, they’d all vote that way.
- The NDP and the Bloc are opposed, and want Parliament to stick by its resolution to get Canadian troops out by July 2011. If given the chance, they’d all vote against continuing the war.
- The Liberals are split. Their leader and their foreign affairs critic have inexplicably decided to side with the government, and said so without consulting with caucus. Meanwhile, a majority of Grit partisans and an indeterminate number of MPs – if my inbox is any indication – seem to feel as the NDP and the Bloc do.
- Stephen Harper – who is most happy when Liberals are in disarray – never, ever misses a chance to embarrass them. So why isn’t he embarrassing them?
- Well, it could be because Harper knows that if there’s a vote, he might lose it, and he’ll look plenty foolish in front of his NATO colleagues.
- Embarrass the Liberals, but lose the vote. Or, avoid a vote, but in so doing, avoid international embarrassment.
Interesting, yes. That’s accurate.
It would also be accurate to say it’s pathetic, too.