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Leadership: Pragmatism Over Partisainship

February 9, 2012

There are days in the leadership spectrum where you have to promise to give up on what you need (selfishly) and instead focus on what everyone else needs (selflessly). (note: I can’t spell, I’m an engineer.)  I remember years ago when one of my GMs had to can a bunch of people he trusted because the other choice would cause him to let a lot more people go.  The pragmatic approach delineates a true leader from someone who’s just biding time.

Witness (via Hot Air), this exemplary display of leadership:

The two governments on Thursday also announced an expansion of an air transport agreement they hope will increase the flow of people and goods between Canada and China, as well as provide additional flight options and lower fares.

The protocol to ship additional uranium to China is a legally binding agreement that supplements a 1994 pact between both sides for peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

It meets Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation policies and obligations, the federal government said, and “will ensure that Canadian supplied uranium is being used in China’s nuclear program strictly for peaceful, civilian purposes.”

Oh, yea, Canada’s also likely to route a pipeline to the West Coast so they can ship oil and LNG to China as well.  Oh, did we forget that that particular prize was the one everyone was going for?  Well, everyone but one country.

Because, after all, the US is doing fine in harvesting its own energy reserves.  So we have no need for leadership in this country to be pragmatic and realize that the future energy needs of this country outweigh short-term partisan gains.  Oh, never mind, I’ll shut up now.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellend permalink
    February 10, 2012 3:22 pm

    Unfortunately, the leadership is not just biding their time. I suspect we would be better off if that were the case. It is “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” toward their vision of a utopia no matter what the consequences to the very people they claim to be representing and championing.

  2. February 10, 2012 11:22 am

    Honestly, I thought better of Stephen Harper. I understand they have their own interests, and Bo totally blew it, mainly because of his own prejudices, but also because he has no leadership abilities. But really, they are going to cooperate on nukes with China? At least they are not building them for Iran.

  3. February 9, 2012 4:42 pm

    Obviously it is time for us to start sanctions against Canada. That way, when we finish the Iranian war, we can focus on the Canadian terrorists. Because bombing people who don’t bend to your every whim is totally pragmatic.

  4. Ellend permalink
    February 9, 2012 10:46 am

    Pragmatic? Yes, I know you are being sarcastic. Future energy needs? How about current needs? Yes, coal is dirty and is a pollutant and all of that, but to shut down enough electrical capacity to make the entire grid unstable to meet EPA standards they keep changing on the fly just seems foolhardy.

    • February 9, 2012 11:23 am

      My comment was actually that good leaders apply pragmatism to make judicious decisions. Exceptions also prove the rule.

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