How can our politicians be stumped by simple questions like “Should we be fighting in Iraq?” or even “Are we fighting in Iraq?”
Most successful politicians are actually quite clever. If they weren’t someone equally unscrupulous but smarter would have shoved them aside near the base of the greasy pole. Yet somehow their public pronouncements frequently leave the impression they repeatedly forget to pay their brain bills.
Consider the Harper administration’s initial promise that our ISIS deployment wasn’t “combat.” Then they sent troops into harm’s way, calling down bombs on the bad guys, the troops got shot at, they shot back, and now the Tories go basically we’re not in combat but duh, what did you expect?