“Frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency,” Mr. Harper said, more than seven years after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban regime. Canadian troops have been fighting and dying in Afghanistan since 2002, but this is the first time the Prime Minister has explicitly said defeating the Islamic extremists can't be done.
Mr. Harper, in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, said that despite sending thousands of soldiers to Afghanistan and suffering more than 100 troop deaths, the “success has been modest” and any gains made could be lost.
Well ... this comes as no surprise. I've been more or less that since day 1. Apparently it takes neoCon leadership a little longer to notice the obvious.
However, Harper's posturing on the subject of Afghanistan isn't particularly of interest here. I think what we should be taking note of is the fact that Harper is making statements about Canadian policy to the American media while he does everything in his power to avoid Canadian Media and Canadians.
So, CNN gets interviews, we get attack ads.