IN MIKEY’S FLOWERY UTOPIA AN ARMED FORCES ONLY PURPOSE IS TO SING KUMBAYA AND HOLD HANDS WITH THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THAT LAY IED’S IN FRONT OF OUR TROOPS DAILY…WE DON’T WANT THIS MAN AS OUR PM!
OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff denies he helped prepare the United States military for the 2003 Iraq invasion, despite eight-year-old praise from American military officials he worked with.
In Saint John, N.B., Wednesday, Ignatieff laughed off a question from QMI Agency tying him to the U.S.-led invasion.
“Every single premise in your question is materially and factually false,” Ignatieff said. “I was working on a project to reduce civilian casualties in armed combat operations. I’m extremely proud of the work we did there.
“At no time, in no way, was I ever involved in the planning of any offensive combat operations by any military forces,” he added.
As reported by QMI Agency on Wednesday, Ignatieff — who led Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy — was part of an academic advisory team that worked with U.S. State Department and American military officials to conduct strategy sessions before the invasion.
Ignatieff said the centre’s program — which also included members from the Canadian Forces, and the British and Israeli militaries as well — ran for years and was not Iraqi-specific.
A Liberal Party spokesman said Wednesday that Amnesty International and other humanitarian groups were involved with the conferences the centre organized.
“Remember Kosovo? We went in to protect a population and civilians were unfortunately killed. Every military that we talked to was … trying to reduce those casualties. They wanted a public place to discuss those issues,” Ignatieff said Wednesday. “I’m extremely proud of my record doing that, because I think that’s the kind of thing Canadians should be doing — finding ways in which we improve and increase respect for the laws of war and human rights.”
Just a day before the Iraq invasion in 2003, a top official with the U.S, air force praised Ignatieff — considered a liberal hawk at the time for supporting the invasion — for helping the military prepare comprehensive plans to mitigate civilian deaths in the invasion.
“I personally have been working with the Carr Center for Human Rights,” said U.S. Col. Gary Crowder on March 19, 2003. “Michael Ignatieff and Sarah Sewell (another Carr Center employee) and their program are a wonderful program.
“They bring non-governmental organizations, military officers, policy makers (and) media into a forum in which we can discuss these issues and better understand exactly each of our requirements,” Crowder told reporters in a Pentagon briefing. “If we’re required to conduct military operations, we would desire to conduct those while minimizing collateral damage and unintended damage.”
Ignatieff has been trying to distance himself from his support for the Iraq War, which was denounced by opponents of the Bush administration the world over for its failure to obtain the approval of the UN and for finding no evidence of weapons of mass destruction.
During the French-language leaders debate last week, Ignatieff said a Liberal government would never send Canadian troops outside our borders without the approval of the UN.
— With files by Brian Lilley, QMI Agency