On Thursday, the government vewy vewy quietly tabled its quarterly report on how things are going over there. The short answer: Not Good. On all three axes — combat, development, and nation-building — things are looking very grim, with the bright spots few and far between.
The report was obviously written before Obama announced his surge, but that actually only serves to focus the question we should all be talking about: Given that Canada is far behind its benchmarks for progress, on what grounds can we justify our decision to end the combat mission in 2011? On CTV last week, Wesley Wark said it was pretty clear that Canada would have to extend its mission, given the surge. The host, unfortunately, didn’t see fit to push him on the point.