Archive | June, 2009

U.S. officials want Canada to stay in Afghanistan: Report

U.S. officials want Canada to stay in Afghanistan Updated Sun. Jun. 28 2009 2:46 PM ET The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Obama Democrats have quietly sounded out power-brokers in Ottawa looking for advice on how to convince war-weary Canadians to keep military forces in Afghanistan after 2011. Conscious of the deep political and public opposition […]

Liberal and Conservative agenda "has never been as similar"

Respected columnist for the Toronto Star, Chantal Hebert, pointed out recently how closely aligned politically Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff have become. The Liberals and the Conservatives jointly wrote the current marching orders of the Afghan mission. Their Canada-U.S. agenda has never been as similar. Six months later, the Liberals have yet to say how […]

A new war….a new weapon

In Defense News, Gen. James Cartwright announced that over the next few years the U.S is likely to be engaged in new conflicts and that the Pentagon must “adjust” its strategy. Leslie comments on how the world has changed and that conventional military approaches to conflict are no longer a good fit,”…it is clear we […]

The Politicization of Humanitarian Aid

One of the most worrying aspects of the current mission in Afghanistan is the increasingly muddied role of humanitarian aid. Traditionally the stated goal of humanitarian NGOs was to remain neutral in conflict zones. The hope in doing this was to allow aid to remain at arm’s length from becoming politicized, ensuring its delivery was […]