In a Toronto Sun op-ed, retired American diplomat David Jones ripped some of the media for manufacturing the NATO/Canada military spending conflict story as a way to attack PM Stephen Harper:
They have no interest in enhanced Canadian defence spending, only in implying Harper is being hypocritical by speaking loudly in international affairs while carrying a twig.
They never mention that alternative governments will neither speak above whispers, nor even carry a twig.
Also mentioning that the US would prefer a Conservative government:
Our media suggest Washington nudged Ottawa to do more (to match its rhetoric), but one is hard-pressed to confirm this.
Washington knows Ottawa’s limits and the Tory objective of presenting a balanced, indeed surplus, budget on which to campaign for the 2015 election.
Because Jones says the US know the Liberals don’t care about our military and then reminds people of exactly who is now running the Liberal Party:
Former Liberal PM Pierre Trudeau viewed defence spending with contempt, suggested early on by his driving a motorcycle around Montreal while wearing a German helmet during WWII. His son now leads the Liberal party. (see here)
This story about Trudeau wearing a German helmet is ‘well-known’ but I’m curious if anyone knows the last time it was mentioned in print?