Evidently hyperbole is not lost on John Ibbitson at the Globe and Mail. He is adamant that all information regarding our ongoing military operations should be released to the media, and that failure to do so represents our Government waging war on its own citizenry. "Those outside government insist that in an open democracy everything must be revealed unless there is a compelling reason not to." A compelling reason you say? Like releasing information that could endanger our troops currently deployed in the field? Mr Ibbitson also believes that the Government should disclose detailed information about police investigations before they even begin.
I am outside the Government, and I believe there is information in their possession that should not be immediately released to Kady O'Malley. Our combat operations will end next year. When our troops are out of harm's way, then that would be an excellent time to review those "sensitive" documents and draft our future military policy. Soloman and Milewski were shocked today that one of Afghanistan's Governors is not a nice guy. These people have been in a perpetual state of civil war for how many years? You aren't going to find many Gandhis rising to power in that environment. It is unfortunate that we have to work with people who do not meet the lofty standards of our own democracy, but it is a sovereign country that will need to be able to take care of itself once we leave.