Trudeau Government Defence Minister caught in a “bald faced lie” for saying he was the “architect” of massive Afghanistan mission
Liberal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has been caught in a big lie.
During a speech made while he was in India, Sajjan told security experts the following:
“On my first deployment to Kandahar in 2006, I was the architect of Operation Medusa where we removed 1,500 Taliban fighters off the battlefield … and I was proudly on the main assault.”
As reported by the National Post, outrage quickly grew among those who knew the truth. One retired Canadian Officer called Sajjan’s claim “a bald-faced lie.”
The same soldier added, “Making a statement like that is completely contrary to our military ethos.”
Sajjan wasn’t part of making decisions for the operation
Operation Medusa was a massive battle, considered the largest by NATO forces in Afghanistan. According to former officers, Sajjan wasn’t even close to being the “architect” of the operation. In fact, those officers say he wasn’t even part of the decision-making process.
Those in the know say Operation Medusa was a collaborative effort. Any leadership would have been supplied by Brigadier General David Fraser, who commanded the Canadian Task Force in the region.
Sajjan must resign
Harjit Sajjan showed bravery serving Canada in Afghanistan. He deserves credit for that. But his performance in office has not been positive. Under his watch, the military budget has fallen to a post-war low of just .88% of GDP.
$2 billion more is needed per year just to keep the military operational at current levels, but Sajjan and Trudeau keep bleeding the forces of funding.
Sajjan’s department also took over $8 billion out of the budged by cutting future equipment spending.
Under Sajjan’s time as Defence Minister, our military has grown weaker, and our men and women in uniform are being betrayed by a government that refuses to give them the resources they need.
Now, Sajjan has added to that failed record by lying about the role he played in Afghanistan and trying to take credit for the work of others.
Though he apologized, that isn’t enough. Sajjan has shown he can’t stand up for the military in the budget process, and he can’t stand up for the military when it comes to telling the truth.
That’s why he needs to stand down and resign.