Whether it's the demise of the Liberals or inexperience of the NDP, Harper is getting too much of a free ride from the Opposition.
Canada is about to wrap up our first failed foreign war. We went to war in support of our ally (and senior partner), got caught up in the hype and wound up overstaying our welcome for no good end. For the sake of our dead and maimed, we should at least have learned a lesson from that fiasco. Apparently neither Harper & Company nor the Opposition have clued in.
The Opposition still sees the F-35 as a political football all about costs and who knew how much and when. Talk about a bunch of lazy shits going after low-hanging fruit. Not one of them has been willing to raise what's really wrong about the F-35. Sure it's overdue, over-price and under-performing but that's not the greatest problem.
What's most troubling about the F-35 is how it will shape Canada's military and foreign policy in the coming decades. Yes, an airplane is going to shape our foreign policy and in potentially very dangerous ways.
The F-35 is an offensive weapon system. It is a light, marginally-stealthy, intruder bomber. It is designed to get into hostile airspace and bomb critical tactical targets. It can't protect Canada or our sovereignty. There's nothing remotely defensive about it. As the RAND Corporation already determined it can't outrun, outclimb, out-turn or outfight the current generation of Russian fighters much less the next generation.
What the F-35 does is enable us to sign on to America's new "pivot" to the far East, the containment of China mission. Why we want to pile on to a military threat to the very same country Harper's tortured mind sees as a great customer for our toxic petro-sludge is curious but that's beside the point.
Canada has already paid far too dearly to play war on behalf of Uncle Sam. We got our asses handed to us in Afghanistan by a gaggle of farm boys with rusty assault rifles. America may have the biggest military with the greatest firepower but it consistently fails to deliver victories. So, why are we signing on to its far East adventure?
Canada has no business sabre-rattling on China's doorstep. It's about time those shiftless time-wasters on the Opposition benches began shouting that from the rooftops.