Now it's the opposition's fault


The headline on this Hill Times article about the (supposedly) ongoing review of documents concerning Afghan detainees suggests that the $1.6 million cost is the big story. But I found this a lot more interesting:

Conservative MP Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale, Ont.) said he believes the reason no information has emerged is because the opposition has given up on the issue. Liberal MPs St├ęphane Dion (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville, Que.) and Bryon Wilfert (Richmond Hill, Ont.) are their party's representatives on the special committee.

"I haven't heard anything about that at all, I'm surprised, to be frank," Mr. Dechert told The Hill Times. "I think they came to the conclusion that Canadians weren't interested, and they dropped it and just moved on, but I don't know anything specific about the review. There's obviously no smoking gun or they would have said something about it by now."

So how about it, Liberals? Have you lost interest and moved on? I'm sure the Conservatives will be quite happy to let that stand unless you rebut it. But to properly rebut it, I think you're going to have to show us some progress. The ball's in your court, now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the article we get some discouraging news from human rights lawyer Paul Champ, who represented Amnesty International at the Military Police Complaints Commission hearing:

[Champ] said it might take even longer for the Military Police Complaints Commission, which completed an inquiry into the role of Canadian Military Police, to release a report, because the commission must release its report to the government first.

"The government can take its sweet time reviewing it, and I suspect that's exactly what's going to happen," Mr. Champ told The Hill Times. "I don't think that the commission's final report is going to see the light of day for at least a year, and probably longer."

Awesome, isn't it?

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While that is one possible explanation, I feel that it is more likely that what they have found is so damaging to the nation that they have decided among themselves to keep quiet. After all ya gotta support the troops, ya know

The Liberals have allowed themselves to be maneuvered into a position where they either look like spineless fools who have gotten played (again) or like co-conspirators helping to cover up war crimes.

"Conservative MP Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale, Ont.) said he believes the reason no information has emerged is because the opposition has given up on the issue."

Wasn't that precisely the Conservative goal? Dechert is saying that he won the game, but he blames his opponent for their sucktitude rather than praising the skill of his team. Obviously, he was never schooled in the art of the sports victory speech. The people responsible for this Conservative 'win' are (in order) 1) Mom and Dad, 2) Jesus, and 3) the Team. Sheesh.

It really wouldn't surprise me if they have decided to move on. I have to imagine that they're worried about seeming anti-war themselves, at a time when they're not seriously committed to ending or opposing the mission.

Like briguyhfx, though, I have to shake my head at Dechert. That sounds like something a resigned, depressed outsider (aka me) would say, not a member of the government. Weird.