It seems that America may be well on its way back to its bad reputation, as the world realizes: "hey: it wasn't just Bush". At least if this unverified news source is at all accurate: which we are reporting on!
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"Americans at it Again!!
March 23 2009 at 2:41 PM
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OTTAWA - The Canadian government has demanded an apology from Fox News for "despicable" and "disgusting" comments made on one of its late- night
The government was incensed by a recent talk-show segment on the American
conservative cable network that poked fun at Canada and the Canadian
A group of pundits took turns trashing Canada and its reliability as an ally
in fighting terrorism last week as four more Canadian soldiers were killed
in separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay requested an apology just before leaving for
Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where he was to attend a repatriation ceremony
with the families of the latest soldiers killed.
"It's crass, it's insensitive, it's in fact disgusting, given the timing,"
"There should be an apology - to the families in particular, and to the
Canadian Forces and to Canada generally - given the sacrifice and the
commitment that we've demonstrated in Afghanistan."
Canadian soldiers have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and have
spent the last four years in the country's most violent region.
Canada has lost 116 soldiers in Afghanistan.
A spokesman stressed that the Canadian government specifically wants an
apology from the panelists who made the wisecracks - and not just from the
Fox network at large.
"These are despicable, hurtful and ignorant comments," said Dan Dugas, a
spokesman for MacKay.
"I think that so-called comedian should stare in the camera at his first
opportunity and apologize to all of the families of people he's hurt with
these despicable comments.
"And he's got to say, 'I was misinformed. I was ignorant of the truth and
the contribution of the Canadian Forces to the war on terror, and I want to
take it back. I know as a comedian that I can fail sometimes; I failed
miserably at this so-called comedy.'
"And his panelists should say the same."
Canada says it will withdraw most of its 2,500 troops from Kandahar when its
current combat mission expires in 2011.
News of that impending withdrawal, and the army chief's comments that the
military would need a year's hiatus to regroup and refurbish, served as a
launching pad for members. of the Fox panel to mock Canada.
The five-minute Fox News segment aired last week on the late-night program
"Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" and it was later posted on YouTube.
The segment features American panelists suggesting Canadian soldiers need
time off for "manicures and pedicures."
The item aired after Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, the Canadian Forces Chief of
Land Staff, said the military would need a one-year break from operations
after the difficult mission in Afghanistan winds down.
"The Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint
landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white capri pants," Gutfeld said
with a sneer, adding: "Isn't this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous
country? They have no army."
Another panelist, Doug Benson, said he didn't even know Canadian troops were
"I didn't even know they were in the war. I thought that's where you go if
you don't want to fight - you go chill in Canada," he said.
The segment was posted online http://www.youtube.com/watch?vtcJn5XlbSFk)
under the title, "How to Lose Friends and Alienate Countries."
So far, more than 3,000 people have posted responses to the clip, which also
makes fun of RCMP officers and their traditional red uniforms."
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