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March 15, 2007
“George Bush here.”

“Thanks for taking the call George, it’s Stephen Harper.”

“Harper... Harper... Harper?”

“The Prime Minister of Canada. Stephen Harper.”

“Oh right... Harper. How’s it going Stevie?”

“Well, it could better.”

“Go ahead, explain.”

“I sent O’Connor and Hillier to Afghanistan like you said. But the results were less than spectacular.”

“How so?”

“The missing prisoners. The ones we handed over to the Afghan authorities. They’re still nowhere to be found. Despite the meetings, it doesn’t sound promising that any new ones we hand over in the future won’t suffer the same fate.”

“Just tell people that they escaped. Yeah, that’s it. Escaped. Heh heh.”

“I’ll try but I doubt anyone will buy it, what with reports of battlefield executions by the Afghan army.”

“Ignore those.”

“We’re trying.”

“Listen Stevie, when something isn’t working, don’t give up, just keep making mistake after mistake. That’s how we learn. From our mistakes. The more we make, the more we learn in the long run heh heh.”

“Hillier didn’t help, suggesting that progress was being made by seeing grape huts.”

“Grape Huts? Is that some kind of breakfast cereal?”

“Beats me.”

“I doubt anyone paid much attention to that. Did your PR guys get any footage?”

“Of course. Bureaucrats in fatigues. The usual stuff.”

“Good. Now all you gotta do is take the focus off Afghanistan for a bit. Give ‘em a bit of domestic stuff.”

“I’ll have Baird make a statement on the environment.”

“Semper Fi Stevie. Semper Fi.”
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