Political Capital 101. If you're going to defend something as odious as the Saudi death wagon deal, bullshit excuses only make everything worse.
First, Trudeau, dismissed them as "jeeps." Given that Canadian soldiers have been waging war with them for more than a decade that was an incredibly stupid thing for Justin Trudeau to say about Canadian-built light armoured fighting vehicles, the LAV.
Then he sent Dion to CBC stumble through a litany of unconvincing excuses including "oh, we would never do it again." Screw off, Steffie.
With every gaffe, more attention focused on just what we're selling and just who is buying, and in the harsh light of day support for the deal plummeted to barely 20%.
Harper might have started it but Trudeau owns it today - lock, stock and two smoking barrels. Not for nothing has Alison coined it Trudeau's "Sunni Ways."
Now Trudeau has Amnesty International on his back.
The U.S. State Department earlier this week released reports reviewing the human rights practices in nearly every country on the continent.
"The most widespread and dramatic violations in 2015 were those in the Middle East, where the confluence of terrorism and the Syrian conflict caused enormous suffering," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
The U.S. country report on Saudi Arabia noted that women were allowed to vote and run as candidates for the first time in 2015, but the 52-page report was filled with examples of dramatic human rights violations.
On Thursday, Amnesty International called out Canadian officials on the apparent conflict.
If you need more, Alison at Creekside posted this picture of Saudi national guard forces transporting cannon-armed LAVs to the Yemen border last November.
This one is going to haunt Justin Trudeau even after the last of those damned death wagons has been winched aboard a freighter and sent off to sea. You'll notice that Justin's "Jeeps" wind up loaded for bear. Even Canadian army LAVs don't have that kind of firepower.