The mission in Afghanistan may be the worst example in Canadian history of the government and its military manipulating public opinion.
Forget the nonsense you've been getting from Harper and MacKay, forget the obsequience of Dion, forget the crass and shameless manipulations of General Rick Hillier.
If you want the truth, the unvarnished reality of conditions on the ground in Afghanistan, watch the rerun of Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS on Sunday. Moyers has an interview with Sarah Chayes that you should find both illuminating and troubling. It presents a scathing indictment of all the garbage that's being spun to ordinary Canadians from Parliament Hill and National Defence Headquarters.
If you don't know who Sarah Chayes is, Google her name. Then watch the show on Sunday and come to your own conclusions about what has become perhaps the darkest moment in Ottawa in decades.
UPDATE - Many thanks to Ed for the link below to the PBS site where you can watch the Chayes interview or read the transcript. As for Chayes herself, Jonathan Landy of McClatchey Newspapers who covers Iraq and Afganistan praised her to me as one of the most knowledgeable and reliable sources in Afghanistan.