February 02, 2016

Great warrior but rotten minister? Sajjan’s troubling speech to progressives

Brian LilleyArchive

When it comes to Trudeau’s cabinet picks, many on both sides of the political aisle agreed that he made what seemed like a good choice with Harjit Sajjan as Defence Minister.

But Sajjan gave a speech last week to the left wing group Canada 2020 and while speaking to progressives, he expounded on some of his theories which reminded me of something he said in one of his first interviews.

Do you remember when he said that we should have dealt with ISIS diplomatically before we had to deal with them militarily? That struck me as a bit naive at the time.

And now we’ve heard and seen more in his performance as Defence Minister that leaves me concerned.

While nothing I have to say diminishes the admirable and courageous service that Harjit Sajjan has given our country, I also know that a good foot soldier doesn’t always make a good commander and skill on the battlefield may not translate into the skills needed to be the guy at the top giving the orders.

I review my concerns including hearing Sajjan refer to dealing with “original grievances” to stop groups like ISIS and saying he believes that ISIS and their success is the result of “climate change” and I wonder, admirable skills on the battlefield aside, is he in over his head?

Time will tell, but put me down as concerned.


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commented 2016-02-06 14:53:19 -0500
you people don’t realize he may have been in Afghanistan as a Reserve soldier not at professional soldier he was a Saturday night soldier. served one day a week
commented 2016-02-05 21:07:37 -0500
ISIS was born out of climate change ? Is he smoking some bad shit that has not been legalized yet ?
commented 2016-02-04 16:37:01 -0500
Jay Kelly
You just don’t get it. Sajjan will screw up because he does not believe in Trudeau’s policy of diplomacy with ISIS. Treating this islamic death cult like a band of mistreated hungry people just will not work. Sajjan is now forced to publish a policy he doesn’t believe and follow up by directing the armed forces into some kind of peacekeeping mission when it is actually war.
Sajjan is not speaking his own mind; he is regurgitating what Trudeau/Butts want as official government policy.
Your love of Sajjan is admirable but I fear very much misguided and simply not true.
commented 2016-02-03 18:43:35 -0500
There are some conservative wing-nuts who would love nothing more than to see Sajjan screw up. Why should Canada have a defense minister who speaks his own mind and is so much in the public eye? Some would like a return to the ways of the previous government where ministers were neither seen nor heard.
But here is a guy with a distinguished service in the police force and in the military who is respectful of our soldiers and is not afraid to speak his mind. He reflects well on Canada.
commented 2016-02-03 14:16:40 -0500
I feel a little bit bad for Minister Saijan and all other Liberal cabinet ministers, they got their marching orders shortly after the swearing-in ceremony by PM Butts making “man-made climate change” the lead for all their press conferences. Typical liberal bait and switch tactics – distract the audience as they steal your wallet. I agree with Brian totally about our Defence Minister’s abilities. Maybe if he was allowed to use his OWN perspective to solve some problems (free of the influence of the back room boys) we might get more success.
commented 2016-02-03 13:48:30 -0500
All three will have blood on their hands. All are traitors to Canada.
commented 2016-02-03 13:37:05 -0500
Trudeau, Dion and Sajjan have to understand that ISIS does not negotiate with anyone. Same thing with Al Queda, you might get them talking but they will take you to the cleaners and laugh at you. The only thing that ISIS understands is overwhelming force. Dion and Sajjan are going to fail because of this idiotic and pollyanna approach of Trudeau. I just hope nobody gets killed because of this naïve and dangerous approach.
commented 2016-02-03 13:30:28 -0500
I am going to listen to KARAN SINGH and BRAVO ZULU on this one.
I grew up in Frasers valley, lot a bad blood between Hindus and Sikhs in 50s and 60s.
This about every portfolio being flavored with climate change. ,and two lies can’t make sense , this is going to be very expensive comedy series.
commented 2016-02-03 12:39:19 -0500
he is lost for words because he has been given the narrative and told always fall back on the narrative…his confidence is compromised and this show in his conviction through voice
commented 2016-02-03 12:04:05 -0500
ISIS’ ideology is a bit hard to pin down, but it is abundantly clear that if we are to negotiate them, it will have to be with them on one knee surrounded by their dead, just as we did to the Taliban.
commented 2016-02-03 12:02:24 -0500
He could have argued the point of Saudi Arabia’s drying water reserves and gave himself some credibility, but no.

He just jumped aboard the CC bandwagon and said a whole lot of nothing. Is it any wonder he is being snubbed?
commented 2016-02-03 11:56:17 -0500
This Liberal government is not famous for its coherence on any issue! Many of them are guilty of obfuscation, and this gentleman sure knows how to speak flapdoodle!
commented 2016-02-03 11:08:26 -0500
Jay Kelly…Hi Jay, the ISIS ideology is straight from the Koran and the teachings of Mohammad. Its no more complicated than that.
commented 2016-02-03 10:42:32 -0500
It sounds like Minister Sajjana’s is forced to preach Trudeau idiocy!
commented 2016-02-03 09:54:10 -0500
If the Liberals can convince the public that climate change is responsible for ISIS behaviour rather than their own personal accountability of a hateful, murderous mentality then they’ve done their job of manipulating the masses. After all wasn’t it Trudeau who said something to the effect that radicals feel “left out”?

Anyone with a lick of common sense who is onto the Liberal’s narcissistic game plan know ISIS breeds like a wild donkey’s ass per biblical scripture right back to Genesis.

True warriors are those in life that stand up for truth and manage to get through another day in Canada at the hands of a malignant Liberal government.
commented 2016-02-03 09:47:54 -0500
Why don’t we call it like it is Isis comes from and is funded by Saudi Arabia there wahabiests sect of the Sunni religion is Isis they are well funded with cash and weapons from Saudi Arabia and rumers of the united States gov " ever wonder who bought thousands of Toyota trucks for them"" then we have turkey buying blood oil from Isis and practically genociding the Kurds the only ethnic group kicking Isis a$$ until a political party States this fact nothing will change Saudi Arabia will continue this economic war against the west and no its not Russia’s fault wake up rebel !!!
commented 2016-02-03 09:21:16 -0500
When Prince Charles made reference to ISIS being born by Climate Change, the media party covered it for about an hour. It was considered so outlandish.
Now our defense minister has made reference to it. What next.
Well presuming he is accurate, this ISIS brawl should take about the length of time it takes to schedule and hold one good diplomatic meeting with the cowards of ISIS.
Once Canada along with the rest of the Paris climate saviours meet with ISIS and illustrate that we are doing “our part” (carbon taxes, wind mills, solar power, etc.) ISIS will come to their senses and toss aside their weapons and everything will be peaceful in the middle east.
Look. The bottom line is, these bastsrds have been killing anything that isn’t Islam for hundreds of years, long before climate change became a talking point by leftist alarmists. And conversely climate change has been happening for as long as the earth has been ’round.
commented 2016-02-03 01:53:11 -0500
The godless liberals will never ‘get it’ when it comes to Islam. They’re too busy selling us out and worshipping climate change.
commented 2016-02-03 01:35:25 -0500
Jay Kelly then why do the libs make the dollar worthless and add carbon taxes that cause higher food prices for us then?
commented 2016-02-03 01:24:59 -0500
Actually Jay – if one were to nuke the entire desert and pave it – the world would be far better off and at least have something useful at the same time.

As part of the so called cradle of civilization – the desert dwellers have had a 2500 year head start on the west.

It is still a goat loving, child raping, women beating society living in mud huts.

Any who are in Canada now are pretty much all a goat loving, child raping, women beating society living in housing provided by westerners.

Any modern portions in the deserts were bought by oil money and designed and built for the most part by western technology and western people working for the goat loving, child raping, women beating society it was built in.

So to answer your question:

“Is the solution to annihilate the whole population? "

It is simply this:

commented 2016-02-03 01:08:31 -0500
Sajjan did not say ISIS was caused by local grievances. He said that grievances such as high food prices caused the local population to be susceptible to the ideology of ISIS. Is the solution to annihilate the whole population?
commented 2016-02-03 01:06:24 -0500
Howdy folks – back after a bit of a sojourn to other places with no internet access.

The title of this article:

“Great warrior but rotten minister? Sajjan’s troubling speech to progressives”

The title is completely wrong. I can name a bunch of folks who served with guy – but I will not – and each and everyone of them will tell you this guy is essentially a waste of skin in a uniform. He got to the places he got by being a politically correct and well bearded individual.

He was made a “bad ass” by cbc. Not by his actions – but by the media party.

While serving in A’stan along side my brothers and sisters he was well known as a paper pusher and a “sit behind the wire” kind of guy.

If you are known as a sit behind the wire person – well, that is a bit of an insult from the front line boys.

Others called them REMF’s.

I will let you folks figure out what that means

In essence he used the “diversity” of who he is to his advantage.

It gives you extra points on your annual evaluation

Be aware that there are some seriously good reservists – unfortunately this officer managed to get to where he is today simply because of what he is.

The above are not my words. Just the words of others who know him.

So Brian – a lot of us served in many locations in the world – and most were pretty damned good at what we did – some – much like other countries – were less than stellar. Many were Reservists – some paid the ultimate price.

Just – please – never call this guy a warrior again – it is an insult to many of us who actually walked outside – every day. Yeah – walked – the most dangerous form of travel in that effing POS country.

We chickened out of iraq – some will say that was a good thing. The creature Chretien put us into A’stan and Harper took us out of that one. Then we ran from isis. Now we are a laughing stock and do not even get an invite to pick up scraps off the floor under that table that the real warriors sit at.

Ask that warrior with the turban and weak pussy attitude if there are any men in cabinet.

I am still looking to find one.
commented 2016-02-03 01:02:14 -0500
Tony, I hope you don’t go along with the many comments of here who belittle Sajjan because he was ‘just’ a reservist, or minimize his four tours in war zones, or who, like Brian Lilley, refer to him as a mere ’foot soldier."
If a guy like Sajjan is able to rise up in the ranks as he has in British Columbia, in the military, and now in the federal government, we can be fairly sure he will do well on the international stage. That reflects well on Canada and on our Armed Forces.
(I was in the Infantry Reserves, by the way, so that may be why my cockles were raised by the comments on here.)
commented 2016-02-03 00:53:06 -0500
Jay Kelly you are such an apologist. Personally, I don’t care what anyone may think has caused ISIS to behave as they do (it surely isn’t “local grievances” how freakin moronic!). It doesn’t matter…their behavior warrants annihilation PERIOD end of discussion! How anyone can try and justify this filth is detestable and quite frankly irrational – what the hell is wrong with you?
commented 2016-02-03 00:52:55 -0500
Jay Kelly. I don’t think you have been paying attention. Brian’s use of the words foot soldier were figurative and not literal. Obama and now Sajjan have openly said that a drought caused by climate change created all of the immigrant movement from Africa and possibly Syria to seek refuge in Europe. There may have been a drought in these places but the climate change lies have been proven untrue many times and many ways. Uninformed people, dumb downed climate activists, and scientists looking for grant money still spew lies about climate change which in reality is a scheme to get idiotic wealthy leaders to donate tax payer money for start up cash in the one world communist government. Trudeau committed 2 billion.
ISIS was born after Assad killed about 200,000 of his own people with the help of Iran, Al Qaeda and others. The USA was aware of ISIS at least 3 months before they became a real threat. Remember Obama had sent warships and threatened Assad? Then Obama did not follow through with his threat and attack Assad for killing his own people with poison gas. This is the same time period as the rise of ISIS.
Regarding Sajjan, please read info posted below. The Liberals and MSM would have you believe he is a warrior and this is embellishment at best, or probably just Liberal lies. Sajjan does not have the military or political leadership experience to be an effective minister of national defence. He will not do a good job and I suspect will be replaced by Leslie after he screws up bad.
commented 2016-02-03 00:38:45 -0500
Jay Kelly wrote….." I suspect this defence minister will be one of the main reasons Canada will regain pride in its armed forces once again"……. excuse me? Canadians already have immense pride in what Canadian soldiers do and have done. We are well respected on the international stage. I’ve been one of them for 35 yrs. Your comment shows a complete lack of understanding of what our Forces have been doing – thanks to the Conservatives who rebuilt/reinvested in the Forces after the gutting of the Forces under the Liberals in the Decade of Darkness. You are naïve to think the likes of Sajjan is a positive thing for the Canadian Military. Anyone who doesn’t have the balls to fight when the time is right and cant speak for himself is pretty worthless – the absolute definition of a Liberal politician.
commented 2016-02-02 23:59:22 -0500
In terms of leadership, I certainly would not agree with Lilley that a Lieutenant Colonel is a “foot soldier”.
More importantly is Sajjan’s linking of local grievances, such as rising food prices, and an ideologically driven group like ISIS’ ability to expand so quickly in the region. Western countries like Canada were caught off guard by the rapid expansion of ISIS and maybe if we were more aware of local grievances we would be better able to counteract the ideologically driven group.
It is also a bit of a shock for Canadians to hear cabinet ministers thinking and speaking for themselves after so many years when that was not possible. I suspect this defence minister will be one of the main reasons Canada will regain pride in its armed forces once again.
commented 2016-02-02 23:12:51 -0500
Brian, Sajjan’s idiotic comments made me so angry, I couldn’t watch the whole video. What have we got here as minister of defence, another Obama ISIS denier. Of course grievances like increased food prices because of climate change as he puts it causes ISIS to decapitate heads, burn people alive, put them in cages & drown them, etc. That is a very stupid comment coming from the man in charge of keeping Canada safe & it is very concerning. He sounds just like Obama when he called ISIS a JV team, only to have them surge in a matter of months & now, we can ‘t seem to be able to destroy them because of Obama’s kindergarten tactics & how dare he attack the Conservatives & accuse them of not nipping them in the bud, like we were leading in that mission. What about his idea that we should be diplomatic first, an insane idea to say the least. This does not put him in a very good light & he is on the same side as Trudeau, don’t fight, hand out blankets instead.
commented 2016-02-02 22:04:00 -0500
Karan Singh. My assessment of Sajjan has several similarities to your more fact based reality. I thought it prudent to copy them again for anyone reading to confirm that Sajjan is not a good minister but just another liberal lackey. I know several reservists and some of them are great people but the vast majority are very shallow people only interested in their own career. That is why the majority do not have a spouse or children.

Lt. Col Sajjan was a reservist, many people who served with him are of the opinion that he was more of a paper pusher & got his promotions, thanks to liberals, because of his turban. He was NOT considered as a very capable soldier or commander. He never did any actual field duties while deployed in Afghanistan. I don’t understand why Brian is praising his military service so much when it was just another attempt by liberals to project Canada as ‘multicultural’ on international stage. (Turban for a sikh is NOT a religious requirement it’s a cultural thing, shoved down our throats by Canadian multicultists as religious necessity).

Brian, I think you have Sajjan pegged. He was a reservist and that means he lacks the day to day knowledge gained over years of service. Yes he did 3 tours in Afghanistan and 1 in Bosnia but I would not blow too much air into his tires. These are theatre specific deployments and although he was an intelligence officer his main focus would have been specific to the area where he was employed. People call him a warrior and such but I doubt if he spent much time outside the wire and into a real danger zone as intelligence is normally fed to officers such as Sajjan. More likely he was inside the wire producing intelligence reports/briefings to senior commanders. Sajjan is having trouble trying to link ISIS to the climate change hoax. Obama spewed the same crap and it is no wonder Sajjan was having trouble stringing together enough words to make a sentence. Sajjan was a reservist and many can be painted with the same brush. They are promoted way too fast and many are not ready for the job handed to them. Sajjan will not be respected by the military brass because he is not decisive and coherent. Trudeau should have put retired General Leslie into the minister of defence position and I keep wondering why because he is way more qualified than Sajjan.
commented 2016-02-02 21:58:49 -0500
So Mr. Sajjan you believe sikhism (your religion) was started not to fight against mohammedan tyranny when Mughals were killings millions of hindus in India to establish absolute islamic rule but because some 300 years ago there was a climate change which somehow made Mughal rulers to kill hindus & your gurus along with hundreds of their followers.
Then how about all the mohammedan invasions & conquests of kuffir lands in the past 1400 years?

Here for your attention I’ve compiled a brief history of mohammedan invasion & consequent brutality to kuffir lands:
The brutal subjugation & murder of rival arab tribes in Ridda Wars waged by caliph Abu Bakr in early 7th century, the conquest of Persia in the mid 7th century by caliph Umar of Medina (Arab) and subsequent murder of hundreds of thousands of Zoroastrians & destruction of their culture, during the early 8th century conquest of Bactria which followed by the indiscriminate killing of thousands of Buddhists and enslavement of many more women & children, conquest of Sindh & murder of hundred of thousands of Hindus & Buddhists and enslavement of their women & children in 7th century by Muhammed bin Qassim, invasion of modern day Afghanistan & India by Mahmud of Ghaznavid during 11th century followed by the murder & enslavement of thousands of Buddhist & Hindus and destruction of their culture, invasion of India in the late 12th century by Muhammad the sultan of Ghurid empire surpassed all in savagery; millions were killed & many more of their women & children were taken slaves later to be sold in the markets of Arab -just like the modern day Islamic State, the invasion & conquest of Constantinople & Spain during the early part of the 8th century resulted in the murder of thousands of native Christians & enslavement of many more, the invasion of Sicily & Malta in 9th century by Arab Mujahideens on the orders of caliph Muawiyah culminated with killing of thousands of native Christians, Anatolia met the same fate in 11th century, Byzantine Empire met it’s end in the 15th century at the hands of Ottoman turks establishing their own caliphate, which carried regular raids in Balkans, Hungary, Romania & enslaved millions of European women which were later sold in the slave markets of Constantinople, Medina & Damascus, the raids of Italy, France, England, Spain, Netherland & Iceland done by Barbary Pirates (of North Africa & Arabs) for capturing white Christian slaves to be sold in the Arab markets.
I am sure all these raids, invasions, conquests and subsequent murder or enslavement of the native populace & destruction of their cultures by Arabs from 7th century onwards were not because of some Climate Change or Crusades or British/French or any other Western country meddling in their affairs, on the contrary it had everything to do with the dominance of their religion.