Canadian calls the shots in Libya

Three-star air force general dismisses the idea the mission has stalled

A Canadian is at the head of NATO’s Naples-based regional command, leading the alliance’s most difficult campaign yet in Libya. Gen. Charles Bouchard, a helicopter pilot from Chicoutimi, Que., is responsible for approving every target in the complex air and sea battle. It’s a job that can get tricky when dealing with the fine balance between the pursuit of victory and political considerations. He rejects criticism circulating that the nearly two-month-old mission has lost momentum, though he won’t reveal NATO’s future campaign plans. “I do not accept that this is a stalemate,” he says.

The Globe and Mail

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