07-20-2005, 03:04 PM #1
Canada defends "scumbag" statement
'Scumbag' comment defendedPM and Defence minister stand behind top soldier
OTTAWA -- If Canadians were shocked that the head of their military called his enemy "detestable murderers and scumbags," they better get used to it.
Gen. Rick Hillier has never minced words, nor is he likely to start any time soon.
His blunt assessment of terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere this week has the whole--hearted backing of the prime minister.
"General Hillier is not only a top soldier, he is a soldier who has served in Afghanistan," Paul Martin said yesterday in Nova Scotia.
"The point he is simply making is we are at war with terrorism and we're not going to let them win."
Defence Minister Bill Graham's office refused yesterday to soften or explain the comments of its top soldier.
No "clarification" will be forthcoming, said spokesman Steven Jurgutis.
"I can certainly understand that there may be people who are concerned with the tone of his statements," said Jurgutis.
But he said Hillier "has certainly been a fairly straight-talking individual throughout his career. I wouldn't say this represents a change in attitude."
Defence analysts and soldiers alike lauded Hillier's appointment as chief of defence staff earlier this year as a fundamental shift in the Canadian military.
Known as a soldier's soldier, Hillier is the most operationally experienced commander to take the top post in many years, breaking the bureaucratic mould that seemed to dictate many appointments since the Cold War.
Born in the outport of Campbellton on Newfoundland's north coast, Hillier doesn't attempt to cover a Scottish-Irish lilt that turns "Afghanistan" into "haffghanistan" and "horse" into "orse."
FORCES NEED REVAMPING
His current list of requests for interviews is at about 50, so this week the general held an informal, on-the-record media luncheon.
Reporters familiar with Hillier's style barely flinched when he said all elements of the Canadian Forces need to be revamped, including the part where "you go out and bayonet somebody."
"We are not the Public Service of Canada," he declared. "We are not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."
The terrorist bombings in London underscore the need to take the fight to the enemy in failed states where they have room to thrive, said Hillier.
As a Western society that values rights and freedoms, Canada is already in conflict with "what people like Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar and those others want."
"These are detestable murderers and scumbags," Hillier said. "They detest our freedoms, they detest our society, they detest our liberties."
It's time for Canada to take a stand, he said, just as it did 66 years ago when it joined the Second World War against the Nazis, whom he described as "those despicable, murderous bastards."
I wonder if Gen. Hiller will change Canadian identity in the international community
Last edited by GQ-Bouncer; 07-20-2005 at 03:09 PM.
07-20-2005, 04:19 PM #2
He's gonna be shot down by PC liberals dumbass civilians working at NDHQ and Ottawa anyway
07-20-2005, 07:25 PM #3
the Canadian gov't backed his statements
they boosted troops from 950 to 2000 in afghanistan, and publically ackknowledged the use of the JTF 2 in afghan counter-terrorism ops. Canada is the 2nd largest army in afghanistan right now.
he also has talked about bringing back the jump cdo regiment
07-20-2005, 07:53 PM #4Originally Posted by GQ-Bouncer
The real government, so the idiots public servants that doesnt live in the real world will push him out and his ideas.
As for the boosting it was a deal made two years ago with the US, when they knew they would retrieve forces from Goatland to Saddamcity. As for JTF, they were acknoledge their presence on the ground since Oct 2001!
As for the Jump Cdo, they still exist, they are all Alpha coy from each 3rd Battailons (RCR, Vandoos, PPCLI)
nothing new, just some old added with a lemon twist!
like a yukon called an escalade
07-20-2005, 10:36 PM #5
Stay out of mideast......no reason to make yourselves terrorism targets..
07-20-2005, 11:44 PM #6Originally Posted by Badgerman
we're already there
training the Iraqui national guards
07-21-2005, 09:47 AM #7Associate Member
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Canada Has An Army????? Since When?
07-21-2005, 10:34 AM #8Originally Posted by zoso428
since you started sukin your pops whopper!!
actually before BUT....
since a LONG LONG TIME AGO!
07-21-2005, 11:14 AM #9Originally Posted by zoso428
Since the Middle Ages
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