Tell us again why we're thier bear, I forget. Was it to save poppys?" MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" Now we can attack Pakistan with Uncle Scam.
Give me a frickin break...what we have here is an american, once again, shooting his mouth off and bad mouthing the Canadian contribution to helping THEIR ***, along with bad mouthing the rest of the american allies.
What his problem...... Canadians not killing enough civilians for the american liking?
Well... I dunno. Seems to me there's at least a grain of truth in Gates' remarks. NATO spent almost 50 years preparing for a Soviet invasion of Western Europe across the plains of what used to be East Germany. Tactics, weapons, doctrine, intel, training, were all focused on that. Counter insurgency, or guerrilla warfare, or whatever you want to call it, is very different. The enemy is elusive, doesn't appear in massed battle groups, sneaks around behind you, subverts the civilian population... This is a very unconventional war, conventional methods don't work. Isn't it possible that that's all he meant? I haven't seen a detailed report on what he actually said yet, only what I've been able to get from CBC Radio news reports and interviews, some of them admittedly with Pentagon spin doctors who aren't to be trusted.
I think I'll wait to see what the Globe&Mail and CBC report tomorrow before saying anything more.
Recent historical scholarship refutes strongly any invasion threat by Soviets aimed at Europe.
It has been understood that the overwhelming evidence supports the theory of maintenance of A/ military industrial sales and developement B/ the boggyman of Soviet influence in the developing world.
In other words the entire cold war was a diversion while Uncle Sam raped pillaged and destroyed socialism on every continent on earth, and continues to do so with the new boggyman of Islamic Terrorism, a threat that does not exist except in the minds of those to lazy to read about it's history.
Counter insurgency or counter terrorism is and has been the main work of American forces for over forty years, this matter is heavily documented by literally tons of documented evidence. Every campaign fought in over fifty years was aimed at civilian infrastructure and governments for the purpose of American corporate expansion, no threat ever existed to America, only to American and western corporations. It was all done for money and nothing else.
Todays situation is different only in scale and scope of operation.
Gates said exactly what he thought, they are desperate that Nato Allies engage more fully in the conquest, fearing the inevitable defeat.
European citizens will not allow fuller engagement of their forces. Europeans have been reluctant participants thus far, this accounts for the poor turnout and lead feet.
There is no practical way for the coalition forces in Afghanistan or Iraq to extract victory, they are bogged down in protracted guarilla warfare which they cannot win unless they sweep the area clean with chemical and biological agents.
You will recall that nothing is off the table. What has been removed for a long time is the chance for total victory by the coalition, something they knew, if they didn't achieve early, would never come. Neither the people of Iraq nor the Afghans will ever be defeated without the employment of WMDs in addition to the napalm, phosphor bombs, cluster bombs, depleted urainium and other illegal weapons. Canada, if we don't get out, will be involved in the break-up of Pakistan, for no good reason other than the service to our imperial masters.