Brian Lee Crowley

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Friends can buy LAVs

The Grits are fumbling the defence of the LAV sale to Saudi Arabia. And they’re not just fumbling a little bit.  It’s a Bob-Stanfield-dropping-the-football photo op kind of fumble. Yet the arguments in favour of the sale (we’re at war with ISIS in the Middle East and the Saudis are our allies, among other things) are more compelling than the hamfisted “They’re nasty people and we should only sell to nice folks” narrative of the government’s critics. The sale of the LAVs is not bad; it’s the lesser of two evils. And that’s a perfectly acceptable and defensible standard, especially where Canada is putting its own troops in harm’s way in this conflict. Read my full analysis in my column for tomorrow’s Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia newspapers.

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Mr Obama, you’re no Jack Kennedy

Barack Obama is often compared to assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, including by Kennedy’s late brother Teddy when he endorsed Obama for the Democratic nomination 6 years ago. But judged by his foreign policy at least, Obama is no Jack Kennedy. In his inaugural address, Kennedy famously declaimed:

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Stirring stuff. Especially when compared to Obama’s foreign policy, which can be summarised as “Comfort your enemies and afflict your friends”. Find out why in my latest column for the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers.

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Brian Lee Crowley
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