2.23.2005

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Canadians are smart. Canada has officially declined the US's "invitation" to participate in the enormous waste of money erroneously called missile defense.

There's some confusion, however: "The news came just hours after ambassador-designate to the U.S., Frank McKenna, said Canada had effectively signed on to the U.S.-proposed missile shield when it amended the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) agreement last summer."

But a Canadian official said, "It is a firm 'no.' I am not sure it is an indefinite 'no.'" If you can figure out all those negatives, you're a better reader of politspeak than I.

10 comments:

RobfromAlberta said...

I think we have already signed on in a limited way to the continental missile defense program with the integration of NORAD into the program. The government is just posturing in an effort to save face. Truth be told, I don't think this a big issue for most Canadians. If pressed, most would say they are opposed, but few can clearly articulate why.

L-girl said...

No matter that it's not a big issue. What matters (to me) is that the Canadian government resists the pressure and doesn't help fund this ridiculous program.

I don't think that's correct about NORAD.

RobfromAlberta said...

The problem is no one has told the Canadian public what the US government wants from us. I don't know and I certainly think I'm more informed than the average Canadian. I don't think we're expected to pay part of the cost and I haven't heard anyone say that missiles would be deployed on Canadian soil. I can't make up my own mind on the issue until I know what is expected of us.

L-girl said...

Good point (and I'm sure you are more informed than most). I think the US government wants your blank check to support Star Wars wherever it goes. That's got to include both money and land, I would think. Agree now, ask questions later.

Anonymous said...

The NORAD relation to all this was simply an agreement to share intercept information for the NORAD early warning system with the BMD program. This saves some duplication of radar sites. It doesn't really have the implication that we are participating.

Peter

RobfromAlberta said...

The point of view from the opposition:

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/02/23/harper-missile050223.html

The ambassador and the leader of the opposition say we're in, the PM says we're not. How can average Canadians know the facts if the politicians and diplomats themselves don't?

L-girl said...

They can decide for themselves what direction they feel the country should take and what agreements it should or shouldn't make. It seems disingenuous for you to take your cue from politicans, all of whom are out for political gain.

RobfromAlberta said...

There is some truth to that, but we expect our elected officials to inform us what it is we're supposed to be deciding on. That's what they've been hired to do. We went through a very similar process over the Free Trade agreement. Everyone had an opinion on something they knew nothing about. I remember my own thinking at the time, as a student. I was dead set against it and yet, I couldn't tell you why except for some vague belief that we were selling out to the Americans.

My point is, are the people who disagree with it actually opposed to missile defense, or is it just an anti-Bush thing? I suspect if Clinton had come to us 6 or 7 years ago with the same proposal, it would have been a done deal.

L-girl said...

I see your point. However, this proposal could only come from a president deeply beholden to the industries that will profit from so-called missile defense.

I think in this case being anti-Bush is enough, because the proposal falls squarely within his MO: anything for corporate interests, no matter the cost or the debt, no matter if it works (makes us safer) or in fact is just an incredibly expensive diversion.

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Well, now we've officially been punished. Condi isn't going to come and visit us now. I'm so hurt.