I’m not convinced Michel Vastel‘s is the consensus view in Quebec about Gen. Rick Hillier (or the war in Afghanistan, for that matter). But it’s worth pointing out Vastel may have been the first to write a scathing review of Hillier’s run as defence chief, all while his colleagues in the English press were busy fantasizing about the departing general’s jockstrap:
No, I won’t join the chorus of hypocrites saluting the great general Rick Hillier and sparing no praise about him.
“The general also knew for more than two years he would need at least 1,000 more soldiers to defeat the insurection and help the Afghan army take control of the south. Hillier therefore knew Canadian deaths were useless.