Friday, June 22, 2007

Letter From A Nut



In yet another of Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor's public humiliations, the Ottawa Citizen has obtained a letter written by O'Connor to former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld late last year.

The letter consists of little more than O'Connor fawning over his American counterpart, even as the disgraced Rumsfeld was in the process of having his ass handed to him by President Bush.
"You have helped transform the armed forces of the United States to meet the threats of the 21st Century. Your vision in recognizing and responding to these new threats has set the standard for forward-looking defence planning in an uncertain world," O'Connor wrote.
Forward-looking? Vision? Was O'Connor referring to the time Rumsfeld said this:
"We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead."
or this:
"We know where [Iraq's WMDs] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
or this:
"It is unknowable how long that conflict [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
or this:
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
or this:
"[Osama Bin Laden is] either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive."

Gordon O'Connor is clearly either
a) a sycophant of the highest order
b) a colossal ignoramus
c) a and b

I wonder if O'Connor will receive a similar congratulatory note from Rumsfeld when Stephen Harper shuffles him off to the fortress of solitude currently occupied by Rona Ambrose?

10 comments:

MD said...

Red Canuck: Good Post. The reference to Rona Ambrose' fortress of solitude is an interesting one. She has been deafeningly silent since getting shifted out of Environment, but she should really be in the eye of another storm right now. She is intergovernmental affairs minister at a time when the government is solving the mythical "fiscal imbalance", getting sued by one province, and her PM is challenging others to sue them as well. I guess the media has sensed that she's not really in the loop about Government policy...they don't even seem to be chasing her for comment.

Red Tory said...

Isn't that reassuring to know. Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

In an interview with Mike Duffy today, O'Connor said he isn't stepping down and he isn't retiring and he will be running in the next election.

Feel safe now?

knb said...

If there was any doubt of where this man stands, what edict he marches to, it's obvious here.

Media never fails to let me down. When he was asked if he would retire, he said no, he said he'd been nominated and will run again.

If I was in the media, I would have followed the question with, "if you are elected, then shuffled out of the Defense portfolio, what would you like to do?"

I can't think of a single thing and Harper should be.

Red Canuck said...

O'Connor said he isn't stepping down and he isn't retiring and he will be running in the next election.

Ugh. That's about all I can say. This government has a very palpable undercurrent of shamelessness, and O'Connor's comments fit right in.

I almost laughed out loud when I read O'Connor praising Rummy for "setting the standard" for defence planning. This 'standard' is so low that virtually any sentient life form (and possibly even Gordon O'Connor) could attain it. What a maroon.

Miles Lunn said...

I think John McCallum said it best, they writing a letter wishing them good luck in their future career is acceptable, after all Bush phoned Chretien to wish him best of luck despite their bad relations. But going on to call him a strong defence secretary is very disturbing. Even John McCain, who I generally find too conservative, called him one of the worst defence secretaries in US history.

As for Gordon O'Connor, I hope he is dumped from cabinet, but considering he had the second best showing in Ontario in 2004 and 2006 and his was one of the two ridings to vote Alliance in 2000 in Ontario, the party would have to pretty much be reduced to nothing more than a Rural Alberta rump before he would lose his seat. Too bad he couldn't swap seats with say Royal Galipeau in Ottawa-Orleans, where he would likely have his ass handed to him by voters, plus it would mean one fewer conservative seat.

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