Tuesday, April 15, 2008

You're not supposed to let the puppets see the strings

After two and a half years in power the Conservatives still aren't ready for prime time.

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- A quiet campaign by Canadian diplomats, who have been working to ease the governor of Kandahar out of his job, was thrown into chaos yesterday as Canada's Foreign Minister, Maxime Bernier, shattered months of secrecy and spoke out against the governor in public.
Mr. Bernier made the statement at the end of a three-day visit to Afghanistan, during a relaxed meeting with reporters outside Canadian military headquarters in Kandahar. He told the journalists about his talks on Saturday with Mr. Karzai, saying he pushed the President for action against corruption.
"For example, what can Karzai do on corruption?" a reporter asked.
"What can he do? As you know, there is the question of the governor here," Mr. Bernier said.
"There is the question to maybe have a new governor," he added.

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