Monday, May 18, 2009

MacKay:Afghan mission may extend past 2011

Gee, what a surpise. Knew it all along. Harper & the Cons, if they get their way, will extend the mission in Afhganistan. These people have no morals, no ethics, no integrity & lie about everything. They cannot be trusted to do the right thing nor to do the will of the people nor the will of Parliament. It's time to throw these thugs out. Don't believe what he says about the mission changing to more of an aide one - it will, in increments, but I believe they still want to do the raid, attack, & killing part.

From an article by Colin Freeze in the G&M:

"Canada may well stay in Afghanistan beyond its 2011 military mandate, said Defence Minister Peter MacKay today, as he left a NATO base in Afghanistan where Ottawa is planning to buy up hundreds more beds for next year."


Wandering Coyote said...

This is just unbelievable. We should have been gone THIS YEAR, as far as I'm concerned.

The Mound of Sound said...

MacKay speaks of the end of the combat mission in 2011. There are but two ways to end the combat mission in Afghanistan - defeat the insurgency or leave.

Since Canada's battle group went to Kandahar the war has shifted, markedly, with the insurgency taking the initiative and going on the offensive.

We have gone on the defensive. We've now given up Panjwai district, shutting down our outposts, in order to have troops to fall back in defence of Kandahar city.

The insurgents (it's no longer just the Taliban) have shown they can organize, mass and launch sophisticated attacks on major urban centres including Khost, Kandahar and even Kabul.

With the paltry numbers of troops the US and NATO committed to Afghanistan, we were never going to be able to maintain the initiative very long. Once you lose that, you're on the defensive.

We don't have to worry about not taking the fight to the Taliban. They'll bring it to us. Hell, they have enough control they can, with impunity, plant roadside bombs just outside our garrison at Kandahar airfield.

In effect, Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan will end the moment the last soldier is flown out of Kandahar and not before.