Much ado on The National over Peter Mansbridge’s “exclusive” on the friendly fire fuckup that killed Sgt. Andrew Doiron in Iraq.
“A senior official with access to the most sensitive intelligence on the incident,” speaking on condition of anonymity, was able to reveal to the Corpse’s senior newshound that our boys had done a helluva job, followed their orders perfectly and displayed the utmost professionalism in not returning fire after getting mistakenly plugged by their Kurdish allies.
“I was so proud of them,” quoth Anonymous Senior Official. “They were highly disciplined.”
Was it possible their highly disciplined decision not to shoot back may have been made easier by the fact that they were at the time lying in the dirt with bullet wounds? Peter was too busy taking dictation from Highly Placed Source to ask.
Also unexplored: why in hell did Canadian and Kurdish forces fighting Arab extremists choose of all things, an Arabic phrase as their mutual password?
Normally a password would be, say, a simple two-letter phonetic challenge followed by a like reply — “Tango Oscar,” reply “Kilo Romeo” — rather than “Dirka Dirka,” reply “Jihad Jihad.”
Kurds speak, er, Kurdish, might know a little Arabic. Canadians do not speak Arabic much at all. Who speaks Arabic? ISIS.
And on it went. All in all, what would just another load of official talking points if delivered at a press briefing became, with the application of the anonymous source niqab, an “exclusive.”
Mansbingo’s secret sauce? Step forward, Brigadier-Gen. Michael Rouleau, head of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).
To sum up, then, the mission’s commander feels the mission’s going just tits.
Details at 10, or whenever we feel moved to anonymously feed them to the state broadcaster.