Sometimes when I criticize Prime Minister Stephen Harper for betraying his principles, conservatives remind me that conservatism at least still shapes his foreign policy.
It's pointed out to me, for instance, that Harper stands behind Israel, that he is tough in the War on Terror and that he is --- unlike the Liberals -- a reliable and strong ally of the United States.
But even in those areas Harper is backtracking. He recently seemed to be toying with the idea of extending monetary aid to the Palestinian Authority; he is now hinting he will pull Canada out of the war in Afghanistan; and on his recent trip to Latin America he engaged in Liberal-style America bashing.
And none of this is surprising.
A government that bases its policies on the latest polls instead of on principle can never be relied upon to do the right thing.
Update: Prime Minister Harper is no longer toying with the idea of sending cash to the PA; he is now actually doing it.