It’s up to Parliament to tell the Air Force what Canada needs from the RCAF, not the other way around. What the Air Force wants and what the country needs are not one and the same. That’s especially true for today’s “Americanized” military that may be losing sight of the limits of its role in democratic government.
The military’s guidance is invaluable but rarely infallible. Don’t forget how the Big Cod hooked prime minister Martin into approving the combat gig in Kandahar. In recent decades Canada’s military has shown itself to be less than – oh,
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Meow! Prime Minister Stephen and Patron of the War Animals Laureen Harper with their Military Intelligence advisor “Trinity.” Below: the GRU and CSIS lapel pins. Note the similarity of design. Coincidence? I think not! A Royal Canadian animal hat: Here be Dragoons. And below that: Modern elephant-mounted light artillery … so don’t give me that Hannibal lecture! (OK, that’s enough … – ed.)
Doggone it! Readers concerned about the fondness of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for the dogs of war – any old war at all, even if it involved burning down the White House
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It’s time to hit the “reset” button on Canada’s military, or at least its top ranks. That much was plain from reading the jingoistic remarks of General Walt Natynczyk from a Canadian Press interview. While I won’t quote broadly from the interview it’s apparent that Natynczyk feels he’s presiding over a military that, having had a taste of warfighting, needs ever more.
“We have some men and women who have had two, three and four tours and what they’re telling me is ‘Sir, we’ve got that bumper sticker. Can we go somewhere else now?’” Natynczyk said in
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Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk Photo: Jake Wright, The Canadian Press
This interview with Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff says more about the psychopathology of militarism than I would have believed could be found in a daily newspaper. Read along with me and ask yourself what kind of madness are we allowing to develop in this country.
My thoughts are in the right hand column. I’d be interested in hearing yours.
Canada’s top soldier says troops ready and eager for new overseas missions
By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Winnipeg Free Press, July 7, 2012
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“I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors. So help me God.“
Stephen Harper vowed to restore Canada’s military to its former glory and prestige. Instead he corrupted our military institution and consigned it to disgrace.
Harper gamed the military and forced it to choose between serving Canada or serving him. According to the Auditor-General the Department of National Defence knew full well the actual cost of the F-35 light bomber but misled Parliament with deliberately false estimates.
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Since he clawed his way into power, Steve Harper has wasted little time turning Canada’s public and armed services into political agencies of the prime minister’s office. He began by gagging the public service and the armed forces. Under Harper’s iron fist communications policy, the public were not allowed direct contact with public servants or members of the military. Communications commissars in the PMO were appointed to ride herd, filtering requests for information, deciding what could be or wouldn’t be answered, and then doctoring the response to ensure it conformed to Stevie’s message. Undemocratic? You
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