February 27, 2005

Oh, Canada


From the Seattle Post Intelligencer: Canada opts out of US defense shield, insists on missile consultation.

A day after opting out of the U.S. ballistic missile defense shield, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin reiterated Friday that Washington must get permission from Ottawa before firing on any incoming missiles over Canada. ...

Martin made his comments to reporters as the fallout from Canada’s decision to not take part in the development and operation of President Bush’s nascent anti-ballistic missile shield continued to roil relations between with Canada.

Stockwell Day, the Conservative Party’s foreign affairs critic, laughed off Martin’s demand that Washington would have to alert Ottawa before taking out an incoming missile.

"These missiles are coming in at 4 kilometers ( 2.5 miles) a second, and if the president calls the 1-800 line and gets: 'Press 1 if you want English, press 2 if you want French, press 0 if nobody’s there ...' I mean, it's crazy."

UPDATE I -- March 1: This cartoon appears in today's (Tuesday's) Investor's Business Daily.

UPDATE II -- March 2: This cartoon appears in today's (Wednesday's) National Post.

Posted by Forkum at February 27, 2005 07:59 PM