Riley Hennessey (Riley's Political Rant) has requested that we bloggers all show our support of the Afghanistan mission by posting a special entry today.
According to CTV, "the New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois have decided not to support an extension of the mission, while the Liberals remain undecided."
So we all know that Jack Spratt can take no flack, and Gilles is at the mercy of Quebec popular opinion (apparently), so that leaves the Untrue Grits to do the right thing.
My take on this is that anything short of throwing full support behind this motion to extend the deployment would be a slap in the face to the families of the fifteen soldiers who have already paid the ultimate price. Can you imagine being in their position and listening to all the partisan platitudes and political posturing?
To commence planning withdrawal operations at this point would be like cutting out one cancerous tumour, but leaving the rest in because the doctors couldn't agree how to go about it.
The Liberals have the opportunity to show some intestinal fortitude and support our troops right now, instead of worrying about half-mast flags and photo-ops at repatriation ceremonies.
However, since it is a 'vote of conscience', I fear the worst. But they will be the ones to have to answer to the families and the rest of Canada at the time of the next election.