There's the Iggy I know and loathe

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Apparently Michael Ignatieff decided that today was the day to finally have a public conversation about Canada's continued support for American and NATO policy in Afghanistan. When he and Bob Rae combined with the Conservatives to sign us up for another four year term of uncritical support for that policy, they didn't think it was necessary to have a debate about it in the House of Commons. But now we have a good idea of his opinion of those who disagree with him.

A Jack Layton government would be a mistake, he said, especially on a file like Afghanistan, where the NDP has demanded Canadian troops be pulled out immediately.

"Come on, folks, let's be serious," Ignatieff said in Vancouver Tuesday.

"We've got to choose a government on the 2nd of May; we can't choose a bunch of boy scouts on this issue."

The condescension is just palpable, isn't it? The first post I wrote on this was so obscene I toyed with the idea of attaching a Not Safe For Work warning to it. In the end I just scrubbed it and backed off for a few minutes.

I happen to think that the current policy in Afghanistan is doing far more harm than good. If that makes me a boy scout, so be it. I have to go farther than Greg did. If I had been considering voting Liberal for strategic reasons, this would probably be enough to kill it. It's not just that I think Ignatieff is dead wrong on an issue of policy that involves spilling blood; it's the obvious contempt he holds for anyone who isn't on side with it.

Now I have another reason to cheer the NDP on. The poorer the showing for the Liberals, the more likely it is that this will be Ignatieff's last election.

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I spend years working with the Boy Scouts and Cubs organization. Here is their mission:

"Mission: Scouting’s Mission is achieved by:

• involving youth throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process.
• using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent in his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person.
• assisting youth to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles as expressed in the Promise and Law."

Would something like: Hell's Angels in Training be masculine enough? or maybe Canadian Youth for Waterboarding?

Noit very wise either - I would expect it to lose him votes in Quebec and not gain many elsewhere.

Noit very wise either

I don't think it's safe for him to assume that his position is popular. I think a lot of people are at least skeptical about the mission at this point, if not opposed.

It's actually a pretty stupid position for him to be taking IMO. I mean, the Libs may already be facing near-elimination in Quebec, so maybe a few votes there don't matter to him too much at this point.
But more Canadians want out of Afghanistan than want to stay. And pretty much all the thirty-whatever-per-cent voting Harper, want to stay. So that means out of everyone else, the remaining sixty-some per cent that he's appealing to, hardly any want to stay. He just turned off nearly all the undecided-between-Lib-and-NDP voters (well, to the extent they were paying attention).
Of course, I'm the one saying he should be trying to peel of Con votes. So yeah, good luck with that Iggy.

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