Vigilantly Stoned

by matttbastard

x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

In line with our global reputation, CBC News reports that nearly 200 Canadian soldiers have been kept from deployment to Afghanistan due to positive drug tests, primarily for marijuana use.

I don’t have a punchline, other than 9/11 didn’t change everything.

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Stampeding Over Canadian Institutions – Again

by matttbastard

Strangely enough, Harper seemed less concerned in his 9/11 Aussie address with the ‘remain vigilant (and in Afghanistan)’ shtick (‘[s]eventy military personnel “and one of our diplomats have fallen in Afghanista…[a]s well as a Canadian carpenter, murdered by the Taliban after he built a school for the children of a remote Afghan village.”‘) than he did with riding an oldskool Reform hobbyhorse.

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‘4 Star Credibility’

by matttbastard

x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

Bloomberg’s headline says it all:

Petraeus’ Credibility Buys Bush Extra Time For Iraq Strategy

And the rave reviews are in from “the two groups of lawmakers whose support Bush needs to keep his strategy going: wavering Republicans and a small band of supportive Democrats.”

Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia, who last month called on Bush to begin withdrawing some troops by the end of the year, called Petraeus’s testimony “powerful, compelling and credible.” Warner is a former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Representative Jim Marshall of Georgia, one of 10 House Democrats to vote in July against setting a timeline for withdrawal, called Petraeus’s testimony “powerful and persuasive.” And Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, also said after the testimony that he remained opposed to a congressionally mandated pullout.

Powell. Goes. To. The. UN.

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