Monday, September 04, 2006

Our Mission In Afghanistan

It seems the usual shrill voices of the blogosphere both Liberals and Tories are all agog and aghast at Jack Layton and the NDP position of Bringing Our Troops Home. It seems they are upset with Jack saying that our current Mission in Afghanistan has no purpose.

BoundbyGravity tries to explain the mission to us unbelievers, so I left a comment there.

Going back over my articles on Afghanistan I thought I would repost what was said when we first took over operations in Kandahar. back in February.

In case y' all had forgotten.

Brig. Gen. David Fraser, future multinational commander, speaks during a press conference Thursday in Ottawa.
Brig. Gen. David Fraser, future multinational commander, speaks during a press conference Thursday in Ottawa

"This mission is about Canadians helping Afghans," Fraser said yesterday as he repeatedly stressed the mission is "not just about combat operations."

We are prepared to kill if we have to," he said. "But that is not my mandate, to just go out and just kill. My mandate is go out and help the Afghans address the challenges that face them," he said.

And if you read my posts below you will see I have consistantly criticized the mission in Afghanistan. So I think I have every right to say Bring Out Troops Home Now.


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2 comments:

Erik Abbink said...

It seems that the military commanders know Canadians well; Canadians don't like the army's current combat mode all that much.

Some kind of rosy picture, a good news story if you will, seems to be needed to keep Canadians behind the (bound to fail) mission.

"This mission is about Canadians helping Afghans," Fraser said yesterday as he repeatedly stressed the mission is "not just about combat operations."

Given the fact that there is no longtime solution to this war in sight (see also my earlier comments)I believe everybody has to speak up for our troops and bring them home.

Join the club!

eugene plawiuk said...

Thanks for your comments and I reccomend readers visit his page for further on the Narco Politics behind this war. Also he talks about Oustpolitik which I had forgotten about...as aparently lots of others have too.