Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hey Remember This?

No debate, says MacKay, generals will decide how long troops in Afghanistan
Published: Monday, March 06, 2006

The length of Canada's military commitment in Afghanistan is an "open question" to be determined in large part by the generals, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said Monday.

Amid sustained calls for a full parliamentary debate - and at least one for Canada to quit the southwest Asian country altogether - MacKay said now is the time for "perseverance and resolve" rather than a public review of the deployment.

He was responding to comments by Gen. Rick Hillier, chief of defence staff, who said last week the dangerous mission will require troops for at least a decade and that Canada is in for the long haul.

MacKay is adamant a public debate of the mission's merits would undermine Canadian soldiers.

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2 comments:

Jan_ from_ BruceCounty said...

Really, and when did we become a militarized nation dictated by Generals? Kinda fasist [sic] isn't it, of McKay. Of course, luckily we still have elections, and those sure can change the direction of our foreign policy and engagement in warfare.

eugene plawiuk said...

It was intersting in this article that a spokesman from the Canadian Defense establishment claimed poor General Hillier was being used as a scapegoat for the Liberals and now the Conservatives. He said the same thing foreign policy is parliaments perogative. However Hillier wants to be Colonel Blimp, like our British officers in WWI and WWII he wants to show NATO and the Americans we can fight. Any fight gimme a fight. Frig peacekeeping, we wanna fight....