It is a long standing practice for all political parties, no less so for today’s Liberals that when they totally screw up, they just wait it out and the world news allows their mess to fade into the past.
- The CVP will always resolve and make right any mistakes that we ever make.
- Until we are leaders in this great country, we will not allow the governing party to let their screw ups be forgotten until THEY make it right. When we become Canada’s governing party… see point #1.
Ref: SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 06:04 PM EDT | UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 09:00 PM EDT
Monday could be rough for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan with political and military peers calling for his resignation.
Certainly if Sun readers had their way, he would step down — 67% of 1,400 responding to a Sun poll said he should.
But the problem Sajjan has right now is not just that his self-described “architect” role in Operation Medusa in Afghanistan was not truthful — something he has apologized for and clarified.
His problem now is credibility.
Is there anything else he has said or done that’s not true?
Until his entire military career — promotions, medals, citations and deployments — is studied, he may have a difficult time gaining trust as the minister that oversees the military where honour and honesty are core values. It’s just too vital a file with such massive responsibility for a prime minister, or country, to not have full confidence in who’s running it.
It would be unfortunate that someone so distinguished, trail-blazing and inspirational would have to leave, He has served the country well as a Vancouver police officer and also gave some brave, tremendous service in Afghanistan.
Quietly miliary types are whispering, or screaming on social media, that he should be held to the same standard they would be and that quitting is the honourable thing to do.
But to be fair, before he does that, or is removed by Trudeau, it would be reasonable for him to temporarily step aside while an independent probe looks into this situation.
Sajjan’s comments in India “on my first deployment to Kandahar in 2006, I was the architect of Operation Medusa where we removed 1,500 Taliban fighters off the battlefield” and he was “proud” to be “on the main assault,” which is something he was “recognized for,” are just part of the issue.
He also, before even being elected, said in a 2015 TV interview that even Chief of Defence General Jonathan Vance credited him for this.
“If I could quote him (Vance), he said I was the architect of Operation Medusa, one of the biggest operations since the Korean war that Canada has led,” Sajjan said at the time.
There are also other assertions Sajjin has made that could be further scrutinized.
On the burden of commanding a unit, Sajjin in a 2011 TV interview said “having to carry your wounded soldiers off the battlefield, not just the wounded but those who have been killed, and place them on a helicopter” and “nothing prepares you for that.”
He has not responded to questions about that but a probe could get some independent witnesses to help determine who the fallen soldiers were that he carried to a helicopter, as well as other details of his career.
It could show Sajjan to be the most qualified person in caucus to be defence minister.
But since the Vancouver South MP admittedly “made a mistake in describing my role” in Afghanistan and is “truly sorry,” it would be in the public’s interest to take a second look just to be sure.
Posted by Joseph Travers | Apr 29, 2017
Not wholly unlike Hillary Clinton who claimed to have been under sniper fire in Bosnia despite confirmed reports to the contrary, Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has put a boot in his mouth. That boot belongs to the actual “architect(s)” of Operation Medusa—a 2006 Canadian military mission that eliminated 1,500 Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan—who Sajjan has diminished again with a bold-faced lie.
And as with the Hillary Clinton Bosnia blunder, the liberal press seems keen to nominally address this scandal but soften the blow and bury the strike somewhere nonlethal. Were the boot in another mouth—had it been said, for instance, by former DM Jason Kenney—the offender would surely be asked to step down.
Sajjan was in New Delhi on April 18, where he lied at length to a group of security experts about how he masterminded Canada’s bloodiest and best-executed military operation since the Korean War. He said the following:
On my first deployment to Kandahar in 2006, I was the architect of Operation Medusa where we removed 1,500 Taliban fighters off the battlefield…and I was proudly on the main assault.
Sajjan, a reservist major at the time, was less an architect and more a concrete-mixer. This is not to diminish his role as a soldier or the phenomenal work the Canadian Military has done and continues to do. No, the diminishment has already been executed by Sajjan, who retroactively jumped a few links in the chain of command in order to self-aggrandize.
The National Post’s Matthew Fisher has pointed out that:
It would be highly unusual for majors from the reserves to be the architects of large combat operations. Such duties in Afghanistan were the responsibility of generals and colonels in staff positions at headquarters in Kandahar, Kabul, and Ottawa and of battalion commanders in the field.
Yeah, no kidding. This is obviously a case of a man trying to buttress public and foreign confidence in himself, and perhaps the Canadian Defence Department by extension, with falsehoods. Sajjan is an impressive MP, and yet he has sullied himself and accomplished the converse of what he set out to do by Trudeauing the truth.
This is not the first time Sajjan has lied about this very matter. In 2015, he claimed that General Vance referred to him as the architect of Operation Medusa. Vance reportedly responded to this claim by saying: “I’m not really aware of this case.”
While many in the CAF are outraged, already the MSM is rushing to dismiss this story. In the TheToronto Star’s soft piece on this matter, they referenced Brigadier General David Fraser’s reference letter for Sajjan, which was addressed to his former employer, the Vancouver Police. The boiler plate letter is presented as vindication for Sajjan’s lie, with special attention given to this line: “He was the best single Canadian intelligence asset in theatre.” Maybe in a Cineplex Odeon.
If Sajjan is to receive the glory, then he should also receive the responsibility: responsibility for 12 dead Canadians and 31 dead civilians. Would he bear that responsibility? Or would he prefer to claim another man’s success and not his failures?
While Sajjan has apologized, the apology feels hollow; as if he was not the architect of the apology. Granted he has lied about this already in the past, and will undoubtedly do so again in the future whenever it suits him, Sajjan should step down, leaving the role to someone who respects the chain of command, takes responsibility for his or her own actions, and respects the actions of another.