Thursday, March 03, 2005

Dear Condi

I love those Canadians, eh. They've got their priorities right, and they can pronounce my name correctly. But best of all, they've got people like Lloyd Axworthy. You see, Lloyd is president of the University of Winnipeg and a former Canadian foreign minister. And he's not shy about telling Condi what he thinks, publicly and in writing, of her snubbing Canada this past week for daring to not participate in Bush's Star Wars missile-defense boondoggle.

You've got to love anyone who would say something like this:
I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.

But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defense.

Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children.
Oh yes. And it only gets better. Oh, Canada....