Comment 52637

By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted December 03, 2010 at 19:43:03

That's tripe Ryan. The fact is Canada has been getting a free ride on the freedom train for decades because successive Canadian governments and particularly Prime Ministers, especially Lester Pearson and Pierre Elliot Trudeau despised and distrusted the military and took every opportunity to slash defence budgets in this country and fund their pet social projects on the back of and at the expense of a reasonable, rational and effective effort at ensuring the sovereignty and security of this nation.

They did so deliberately knowing the US had no option but to pull up the slack. Do you honestly think we got into peacekeeping because it was a just and noble cause? IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAP. It isn't cheap anymore and guess what? We aren't doing it anymore. It is only since 911 that our armed forces have received anything close to a reasonable budget for a wealthy western democracy which is around 2% of GDP, and we haven't hit that yet.

To then hide behind platitudes like "moral obligation" to justify the fact that we receive an inordinate benefit from our biggest ally, benefactor and trading partner and yet collectively look down our noses at them because they are willing to do the dirty business of making sure that we can all sleep soundly in our beds at night is quite frankly disgusting to me.

The Americans are far more transparent and open with their intentions and actions when it comes to bad guys than our own government is. As we speak JTF 2, and SOFCOM units of the Canadian Forces are in Afghanistan killing bad guys. Mostly covertly and in ways that you and I will never hear about and would probably find distasteful I am not losing any sleep over it.

WE SLEEP SOUNDLY IN OUR BEDS BECAUSE ROUGH MEN STAND READY IN THE NIGHT PREPARED TO VISIT VIOLENCE ON THOSE THINGS AND PEOPLE THAT WOULD DO US HARM.

We seem to have forgotten that in our Twitter, You Tube, Facebook, I'm ok you're ok world.

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