• Canada’s Changing Mission in Iraq

    March 9, 2016

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    Posted in: Iraq, Military, Syria

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    Think what it must be like to be one of America’s allies.

    You enjoy some trade, groove on uber-Americanos like Beyonce and Brad Pitt, and visit Disneyland. But then there’s America again at your cubicle, asking again that you join some coalition, get some troops into another wacky American overseas intervention for freedom, or regime change, or to stop another impending genocide only American can stop. What can you do? It’s hard to say no, but given how poorly the last one worked out, and the one before that, and the one before that, nobody at home is in favor of another round. Still, you’re stuck giving something…

    And so it is with Canada, that big snowy place near the U.S. that is not Mexico (why doesn’t Mexico have to join these coalitions anyway?)

    New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fulfilled one of his most contentious election campaign promises, as Canadian military airstrikes on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ceased in mid-February. Canada is still indirectly involved in the aerial campaign, and in training Iraqi security forces.

    “I’m very happy that the government has decided that there may be more productive things that they can focus on than bombing,” said one independent research and advocacy group based in Ottawa. “They’re indirectly continuing to participate in the air campaign, but at least they’re not directly participating and I think that’s an important step forward.”

    Canada formally announced it had stopped all air strikes in Iraq and Syria on 15 February. They will continue to fly aerial refueling missions, and conduct reconnaissance from the air. More significantly, Canada will up its small ground forces, who are engaged in what has to be the longest and most thorough training mission in human history, inside Iraq.

    As a side note, somebody from the West has been training Iraqi and Kurdish troops since around 2005. After 11 years, you’d think they would be the best-trained soldiers in the world (HINT: They are not.)

    The motion presented to the House of Commons about changing the Iraq mission stipulates that Canada will work to engage with political leaders in the Middle East in the aim of “finding political solutions” in the region. No one in Canada has elaborated on how it plans to aid Iraq establish good governance. That process, too, has been ongoing since 2003, without much to show for it.

    Oh Canada!

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    • teri said...


      “You are a big country. You are the kindest country in the world. You are like a really nice apartment above a meth lab.” – Robin Williams to Canada.

      Q: What’s the difference between Canada, Mexico and America?
      A: America has nice neighbors.

      03/9/16 8:17 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      03/9/16 9:12 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer : If Trump gets the nod he could beat Hillary. That would be good for Republicans- not their downfall. And who would bet now that Hillary will prevail to lead the Democrats?

      03/9/16 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”Canada formally announced it had stopped all air strikes in Iraq and Syria on 15 February. “unquote

      I bet these guys were happy.


      Rich Bauer said..@ his blog:

      “We may be witnessing the demise of the Republican brand, as we knew it under Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan. The Republican Party could tear itself to pieces that will be irretrievable to put together again. ”

      Hahahahahahaha! Make my day. I can see Bush/Cheney’s heads exploding right now.

      Meanwhile.. Berni wins my state! Go Bern!

      03/9/16 11:24 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Ironic that it may take a Jew to defeat America’s Hitler.

      03/9/16 1:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      Mexico is not part and parcel of Oceania. But at least the Canucks are taking an important $tep BACK!

      03/9/16 1:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Ironic if The Donald wins, then Canada will have to build a wall.

      03/9/16 1:47 PM | Comment Link

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