Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Public service announcement

Mike from Rational Reasons, who argued vociferously against the NDP's position of taking combat troops out of Afghanistan only six months ago, has now changed his mind. But if this is a so-called "flip-flop," then it's an exceedingly well-argued one.

(I'm still on the fence, for the record.)

3 comments:

FixedXorBroken said...

unrelated, but yours is the only political style blog I read. Thanks for the posts.

Andrew said...

He argues his angle decently, but his argument is based solely on number of Canadian lives saved, and ignores the repercussions of a Canadian/NATO pullout on the Afghani population.

IMO, there can be no pullout unless the safety of those people is ensured. (And yes, I realize that they are not 100% safe with our troops there - but they would likely be worse off without us)

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

fixedxorbroken,

Wow, thanks! Sorry I've been so absent lately, in that case. I promise I'll be back full throttle eventually. By fall at the latest.

andrew,

The question for me is this: will Canada actually ever be able to accomplish its goals there? If the answer to that question is yes, then staying makes at least some sense. But I'm becoming increasingly more convinced that the answer is no.