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Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan


 

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.


 
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Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan

  1. Good point. We're not doing very well. Let's keep on doing it.

    • That'd be Conservative logic in action.
      "Hmm.. the worst recession in decades? Wow, people not having money is going to play hell with our budget.. I know, we can balance it by selling gov't assets to the people without money.. "

  2. "…on what grounds can we justify our decision to end the combat mission in 2011"?

    On the grounds that our own generals are saying we're shagged out and can't keep this up forever. I realise pulling out will probably just increse the burden on those who are already doing too much…but our capacity is not unlimited. Seems like there are two ways to go…try harder[ surge ] and concede it's not working and pull out. Both have their drawbacks…so like all large political organizations faced with difficult decisions, we'll probably split the difference, enforce the status quo, shuffle the deck and play with the cards we have, and generally hope for a miracle or someone else to take that decision for us.

    • Alternately we could convey to the general public the stark realities of the situation while making it abundently clear that we have already sacrificed much and the job's not done [ presumably what a principled govt believes] and let the country decide. But that would take real leadership. Our guys would rather keep on playing minority parliament dice and squabble over who's really behind the troops.
      Harper for instance is highly unlikely to actually make a move that hasn't first been focus grouped and thoroughly tested for the maximum possible does it rilly rilly screw the liberals effect. As for the opposition…we all know how devoted they are to the novel concept of putting the countries interests before their own.

  3. Like kc said, I thought we were pulling out in 2011 because the army is exhausted. So we could stay past 2011 but we'd need to expand the army, both by adding battalions to our three regular regiments and by reactivating a couple of the reserve regiments. I nominate the Black Watch and the Royal Winnipeg Regiment.

  4. Like kc said, I thought we were pulling out in 2011 because the army is exhausted. So we could stay past 2011 but we'd need to expand the army, both by adding battalions to our three regular regiments and by reactivating a couple of the reserve regiments. I nominate the Black Watch and the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.

  5. I kind of like "hey, next time you attack a country with some connection to terrorists that flew planes into your buildings, don't then waste half of your available army attacking a country with no connection to terrorists that flew planes into your buildings. Sorry to play it so harsh, but it's the only way way you'll learn."