What we do get from O'Connor's "defence" source:
A senior defence official, seeking to present Mr. O'Connor's views as he fights for his political life, said the Defence Minister feels he has been shouldering the blame for Canada's policies toward Afghan detainees for more than a year.Sure sounds lonely up there in the Conservative cabinet, doesn't it? Bonus shot at Junior MacKay:
It was only after Mr. O'Connor ran into trouble in the House of Commons this week amid new reports of prisoner torture, that other cabinet ministers were brought in to defend the government.
“He didn't have any support for a year,” the official said. “This week, [other ministers] started to stand up because the Prime Minister gave the green light. He had been alone for a year. ...The minister is a team player. If his job is to take flak for everybody, he will take it.”
National Defence feels it has been carrying a disproportionate share of the load in Afghanistan — and the public-relations war. It believes other departments and agencies should be responsible for issues such as detainee policy, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency.Hmmm...National Defence fighting with Foreign Affairs and CIDA. Quite a little challenge developing for Harper. And from inside his own caucus we have a dissenter:
“The bureaucrats at Foreign Affairs resisted getting stuck with this issue this week,” the defence source said. “They don't want this hornet's nest. They are happy going to their cocktail parties and eating little shrimps.”
In particular, there have been complaints that Canada's foreign aid is slow to arrive in the dangerous southern province where the Canadian Forces are active.
“When CIDA discovers the road to Kandahar, they will be able to send in their funds,” the defence source said.
Inside the Conservative caucus, some are starting to have qualms, too.You, my insightful friend, have just incurred the significant wrath of one Sandra Buckler and the iron fisted Mini Bush.
One MP, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed concern that Canadian troops are fighting a war that cannot be won.
I love the sounds of Conservative infighting in the morning...:)