Flip and flop
"I don't like deadlines," MacKenzie said. "I don't like announcing deadlines to an enemy force that now says to themselves, 'Well, we're getting rid of the Canadians' so let's turn our strategic attack on some other country.'"
That was retired Major-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie earlier this week on the prospect of Canada pulling its troops out of Afghanistan on a firm date, as quoted by Associated Press on Wed., Sept. 10.
"I'm not gonna be the least bit embarrassed if we pull our combat troops out, and that's what the PM has said, in 2011. I think 10 years, paying a higher price in blood and gold than any other of the 25 NATO nations is nothing to be ashamed of. It's something to be very proud of.
"So I don't have a problem with setting the date. Because quite frankly he left wiggle room. We can leave behind the PRT, the Provincial Reconstruction Team, we can leave behind the infantry company protecting them, advisors, etc. So it's not pulling every Canadian soldier out of Afghanistan."
From an interview on Politics with Don Newman on CBC Newsworld, September 11.
It's been 11 years since Lew MacKenzie ran for the Progressive Conservatives in a central Ontario riding. Perhaps, however, they haven't lost his number.
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