Thursday, December 17, 2009

Willing groupie

If you've eaten recently, don't look at the photo-shopped picture of Christie Blatchford in a recent article by Scott Taylor about reporters/columnists acting as groupies for the powers-that-be.

Christie Blatchford, willing groupie

She swallowed the bait whole and coughed it up again when she repeated lies about Richard Colvin's experience "outside the wire" in Afghanistan.

That picture, though - arghhhh, my eyes, my eyes!

Christie Blatchford's pieces in the G&M while she was an "embedded" reporter (what a choice of words that is) were embarrassing to read. It was like watching a young girl besotted with somebody really unsuitable who didn't care much about her but really, really wanted to drive her daddy's car.

Mr. Colvin was concerned that Canadian soldiers could be implicated in war crimes, as the Geneva conventions prohibit handing over prisoners who could be subsequently tortured. It seems like the leadership, both military and Con government, weren't really concerned. If something happened, they could blame the guys on the ground.

I'm so sick of hearing Harper's constant drivel about how everything - everything - is always someone else's fault.

Firing or dissing competent civil servants is what he does, though. Nuclear watchdogs, elections officials, military tribunals overseers - if you protect the citizens, and not the Cons, you're toast.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

And they sent him back to Afghanistan?

Canadian soldier facing rape charges.

EDMONTON - A Canadian soldier who was on leave from duty in Afghanistan has been charged with sexual assault in Australia.

Sapper David Langlois-Fequet was arrested earlier this week in Byron Bay on Australia's east coast.

The charges stem from an alleged encounter at a hostel Dec. 8.

The military says it's a civilian matter because the Edmonton-based soldier was on leave.

He has returned to active duty in Afghanistan.