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Canadian generals quick to change their tune on Afghanistan

… with their tails between their legs. All the talk about sending troops abroad in the name of high ideals. Americans pull the plug and not an eye is batted by Canadian political leaders. It was all empty phrases – lives squandered, billions spent, a country left in ruins.

Maj-Gen David Fraser (above left) & Maj-Gen Dean Milner (above right)
Maj-Gen David Fraser (above left) & Maj-Gen Dean Milner (above right)

By Scott Taylor*

(July 12) – Over the past few weeks the news out of Afghanistan has not been very re-assuring. In keeping with U.S. President Joe Biden’s election campaign promise to end the war in Afghanistan, American troop withdrawals have begun in earnest.

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Military cries ‘wolf’ in Nova Scotia

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By Scott Taylor

(October 19 ) – Last week there was a bizarre little story in the Ottawa Citizen that at first glance appeared to be so ridiculous that it had to be satire.

Reporter David Pugliese revealed that a letter from the Nova Scotia government sent out to residents in Annapolis Valley to warn about a pack of wolves on the loose in the province was forged by Canadian military personnel as part of a propaganda training mission that went off the rails. Continue reading

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A dog’s breakfast: Recent revelations in Norman case highlight DND’s pattern of defiance and secrecy

Norman case and the manipulation of information by the Department of National Defence – characteristic of the secrecy of a government which decrees the number of armed forces members infected by COVID-19 to be a matter of national security. 

By SCOTT TAYLOR

14 Words Inspired by Dogs | Merriam-WebsterOTTAWA—There were a series of stories last week by Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese which clearly illustrate the culture of defiance and invincibility that exists within National Defence Headquarters’ upper echelons.

The genesis of this current saga has its roots dating back to some extraordinary testimony at a December 2018 pre-trial hearing in the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case. Continue reading

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US heroizes drug-dealing, torturing Afghan thug as its golden boy

Civilians and military personnel stand beside the grave of Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar police chief, who was killed by a guard, as the pay respect during his burial ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Oct. 19, 2018.
Civilians and military personnel stand beside the grave of Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar police chief, who was killed by a guard, as they pay respect during his burial ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Oct. 19, 2018 | AP

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Canada leads NATO mission in Latvia

Banner in mass actions at Munich Security Conference February 18, 2017: “Peace Instead of NATO – No to War!”

In June, the first of 450 Canadian soldiers will arrive in Latvia to lead a battalion in a large military buildup of NATO countries on Russia’s frontiers. According to reports, the Canadian-led battalion will have troops from Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. Three other battalions of foreign soldiers, led by the U.S., Britain and Germany, respectively, are being placed in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. The result will be thousands of NATO troops indefinitely stationed in two countries bordering Russia (Estonia and Latvia) and two others bordering Belarus (Lithuania and Poland). Canada will also deploy light armoured vehicles (LAVs) and up to six CF-18 warplanes to conduct air patrols. Continue reading

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Canada leads NATO mission in Latvia


Banner in mass actions at Munich Security Conference February 18, 2017: “Peace Instead of NATO — No to War!”

(March 25) – In June, the first of 450 Canadian soldiers will arrive in Latvia to lead a battalion in a large military buildup of NATO countries on Russia’s frontiers. According to reports, the Canadian-led battalion will have troops from Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. Three other battalions of foreign soldiers, led by the U.S., Britain and Germany, respectively, are being placed in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. The result will be thousands of NATO troops indefinitely stationed in two countries bordering Russia (Estonia and Latvia) and two others bordering Belarus (Lithuania and Poland). Canada will also deploy light armoured vehicles (LAVs) and up to six CF-18 warplanes to conduct air patrols. Continue reading

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Harper’s cynical celebration (III)

Anti-war picket in Edmonton, March 15, 2014.

Harper’s national tributes to the destruction of Afghanistan and Libya were no celebration of victory and cannot be memorialized, writes Scott Taylor, editor of Esprit de Corps magazine, in the Halifax Chronicle Herald on May 11th, as he asks, “Why single out Afghanistan?”

In his column, Mr Taylor points out that “The last time a nationwide celebration of this sort was even proposed was at the conclusion of the Great War in 1918. The idea had been the brainchild of Gen. Sir Arthur Currie, but due to the lengthy logistics involved in shipping home the Canadian Expeditionary Force it was decided to keep individual parades and tributes on a local basis. Continue reading

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Ukraine: Harper’s warmongering defies reality

By SCOTT TAYLOR*

As the political drama continues to unfold around the crisis in Ukraine, Canada remains among the most strident voices stirring up the tension.

Wiser heads would argue that without any skin in the game, Canadian politicians can beat their war drums with wild abandon, knowing there will be little in the way of domestic consequences regardless of what develops. Continue reading

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