In the couple of years I've been posting about issues, I've tried to keep a certain emotional distance between what I've written and what I really feel. The idea I follow is to seek out information and present it in as objective a manner as possible, though it may be clouded, at times, by my own perspectives. But a recent discussion on Fox News's Red Eye with host Greg Gutfield leaves me somewhat apoplectic.
Gutfield and his guests made some "observations" in response to a recent comment from Lt.Gen. Leslie Andrew, the commander of Canada's land forces, that after years of toil in Afghanistan in which our soldiers have endured four times the casualty rates of American troops, perhaps our warriors could use a break. Let me repeat: four times the casualty rates of American troops.
“The Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white capri pants,” said Gutfeld. "Isn't this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country?," he then asked panelist Doug Benson, who quipped, "I didn't even know that they were in the war."
For the life of me I cannot understand why Americans vilify Canadians like this. Have you no honour? Jesus, as I write this, my next door neighbour is deployed to Kandahar and there are four more coffins coming home from Afghanistan containing the bodies of soldiers who have died trying to protect to us - all of us here in North America. One is from my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie.
If this is how you treat your friends, God help you.