Monday, January 28, 2008

Daily Digest January 26-27, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

TORONTO STAR - Time for debate on the economy
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297551

NATIONAL POST - Canadians deserve the truth
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=264978

OWN SOUND SUN TIMES - Nuclear safety concerns hit home in Grey-Bruce
http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=875216

WINNIPEG SUN - Too much secrecy
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4114980p-4710350c.html

CALGARY HERALD - Green leader unrepentant over ill-chosen remarks 
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d5406b12-4e96-4642-9666-9c3a72f4f077

         Emissions plans share same goals
        Ottawa, Alberta not that far apart in their greenhouse gas targets
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=46b7ebad-a5e6-48e8-9525-945e33a6d97c


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Sunday, January 27, 2008
War in Afghanistan 2008 Week 4
http://blackrod.blogspot.com/2008/01/war-in-afghanistan-2008-week-4.html

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Manley panel gets it wrong
Report on Afghanistan the latest example of Ottawa hiding the truth from Canadians
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2008/01/27/4796320-sun.html

Is there a military solution in Afghanistan?
Eric Margolis: Manley report on Canada's role in Afghanistan justifies failing mission
http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=835&thisview=item

In secret trip to Pakistan, U.S. officials seek broader role against al-Qaida
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2007/12/27/4741420-ap.html

NATO split over Afghanistan
Saleem Shahzad: NATO debates two choices - massive military offensive or negotiate with the Taliban
http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=839&thisview=item


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Premiers meet in Vancouver to map strategy to tackle climate change
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/01/27/4796671-cp.html

Gov't firings cross dangerous line
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=ba14fe03-3def-46ae-a6cb-7927f4b05226


POLITICS
It's up to PM whether to fire spokeswoman over Afghan comment, says Tory MP
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/01/25/4794280-cp.html

Prisoner transfer resume once Canada sees 'improvements' in Afghan jails: MacKay
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/01/26/4795680-cp.html

PM tests campaign attack
Opposition parties would spend country back into deficit, Harper tells Conservative audience
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/297678

Majority still out of PM's grasp
Spring election wouldn't change 2006 result
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=264962

Harper speech long on history, but short on the future
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=bd687a6b-6188-40d8-bb16-2ea6faaf228e

Both Tories and Liberals will have to step lightly
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=2260d16d-c037-4249-89ed-9c6a4c385e4c

There's but one thing in PM's favour
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/297677

'Misspoke' on detainees, PM's spokeswoman says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080126.DETAINEES26/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Conservatives send designated MPs to defend Buckler
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080126.whcaucus0126/BNStory/National

Harper failing to lead Afghan mission: Ignatieff
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080127/ignatieff_qp_080127/20080127?hub=Canada

Conservatives, Liberals running campaign training sessions across country
Tories say opposition parties have 'placed Canadians on notice they want an election as soon as possible.'
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/21/campaigntraining/&c=1


PROGRAMMES
Feds collect student loans from dead students
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080127/student_loans_080127/20080127?hub=Canada

Lobbyists to exploit loophole in new regulations, says lobbyist
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/21/lobbying/&c=1


PRESSURE POINTS
Perfect storm on the global horizon
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/297574

Geo-pipe dreams
Six radical ways to save Planet Earth--or not
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=264981


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Beware "populist economic conservatism"
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/default.aspx

Censorship not the answer
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297549

Open skies better for all
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=b7d65af1-b8ba-41a6-a02f-d28b1285e7bf

Equal rights necessary for charter schools
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=7ffe3779-581a-46fb-928e-4fd7864a718b

A ray of hope in the darkness
Bamiyan Province in northern Afghanistan is an oasis of peace compared to the wartorn south, and 45% of the girls are going to school
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/insight/story.html?id=3104e048-8828-46d2-bb42-2dda8ffea60c

Abortion a divisive issue that haunts us still
For 20 years, ending a pregnancy has been a woman's personal, if agonizing, choice, while opponents maintain that it's murder
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3476e871-39ad-4958-bcb8-3a899105c83d

Pro-life v. pro-choice: The debate beats on
Abortion may have few short-term physical complications, and the psychological impact may not be fully known but opinions are firm
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=264974

Long live Morgentaler!
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=261406

The Day Humanity Became Cheap
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=253948



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MANLEY IN THE DARK
        
        Manley was unaware of the alteration in detainee policy.  Was he also unaware President Bush had decided to send the Marines into the
        south? "Bush Decides to Send 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan" 15 January 2008 http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-01-15-voa69.cfm
        
         Sources tell us that at the very moment Manley was in Ottawa this week releasing his report calling for NATO reinforcements,
         high-ranking U.S. military officials were only a few blocks away, planning exactly that with their Canadian counterparts.

         Manley being in the dark is not earth shattering.  Maybe in some minds the relationship between the Marines and our Forces are unimportant.

        Whether they are acting independently, under Canadian command or our forces under their command is of consequence in my view.
        
        The question is whether or not this will be a matter of "national security" or something we are made aware of.

        What do you figure are the percentages?

                 Joe

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Did someone call for help?
U.S. set to deploy marines to aid Canadians
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/01/27/4796199-sun.html

By GREG WESTON


The head of the prime minister's special advisory group on Afghanistan, John Manley, says it "should not be that difficult" to convince other NATO countries to back up Canadian troops fighting in the southern, most dangerous part of that war-ravaged country.

Huh? So far, most NATO countries have been deaf to Canada's cries for help in the deadly Kandahar region where Manley says our troops are waging a losing battle without reinforcements.

So, do Manley and his panel of experts know something they didn't tell us in their otherwise frank and revealing report handed to Stephen Harper last week?

Maybe so.

Turns out the Yankees are coming in a matter of weeks, and the only question is how long they will stick around.

Sources tell us that at the very moment Manley was in Ottawa this week releasing his report calling for NATO reinforcements, high-ranking U.S. military officials were only a few blocks away, planning exactly that with their Canadian counterparts.

The U.S. recently said it would deploy 3,200 more marines to Afghanistan on a temporary basis -- seven months in and out.

ASSIGNMENT

Among those, 2,200 would be specifically assigned to help shore up efforts of the 26 NATO countries currently involved in the war.

But until now, there has been no indication how many of those U.S. Marines -- if any at all -- might be providing back-up for our beleaguered Canadian contingent at Kandahar.

The answer, sources tell us, is our troops will soon be getting everything the Manley report says they urgently need -- and then some.

The key finding of the Manley report is that Canadian forces require reinforcements of at least 1,000 more NATO combat troops, plus some helicopters and unmanned surveillance drones to reduce casualties from roadside landmines.

Here's what we are told is on the way with the U.S. Marine Corps.

All 2,200 U.S. combat troops assigned to NATO duties will be stationed exclusively in southern Afghanistan, some directly in Kandahar, and most within range of providing help to Canadian troops.

"They will be kind of an on-call force to be used as the commanders need them for the situation at hand," one military official tells us.

"If a big fight breaks out, they are going to be able to pick up and go because they certainly have the mobility to go where they are needed."

No kidding. When the marines leave home, they apparently pack their own air force.

EXPEDITIONARY UNIT

The one "expeditionary unit" of marines being sent to the Kandahar region isn't even 10% of the more than 27,000 Americans already deployed to Afghanistan.

Yet, that one fighting force of 2,200 soldiers alone comes equipped with more helicopters than Canada has for its entire military.

Incoming with the marines: 18 medium- and heavy-lift assault helicopters; four Cobra attack choppers; three utility helicopters; and -- if this doesn't scare the crap out of the Taliban -- six of those vertical takeoff Harrier fighter jets.

Also arriving with the U.S. cavalry are a fleet of unmanned "surveillance" aircraft, many of which carry enough laser-guided rockets tucked under their wings to take out everything from a suicide bomber on a bicycle to a modest village.

Exactly how and when the marines will arrive to the rescue in Kandahar is obviously highly classified.

"It hasn't been completely ironed out yet," an informed source here tells us. "There was a group of American military officials up here this week doing some planning with the Canadian forces, and I would say from everything I have heard, I would hope they (the marines) would be in place in Afghanistan no later than April 1."

As it happens, that is the day before NATO countries are meeting in Bucharest, Romania, to discuss future deployments in Afghanistan, including who will join the Canadian forces in Kandahar over the long term.

U.S. officials are adamant it won't be the marines.

"This is not meant to be an open-ended deployment," says one U.S. source. "It is limited to seven months, and hopefully by the end of the Bucharest summit, NATO as a group will have laid out a plan to fill those gaps that have been identified for a long, long time."

Don't count on it.

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Let's talk about this Afghan mission . . . or not
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1034386.html

Afghanistan needs us
Without the presence of international troops, chaos would erupt
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6c5e83cf-0444-4dc0-9da2-e398db8a359a

Finally, mission's ugly truth
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=13d7e901-c77e-4c85-a49d-d00f9bb9a5c9

Afghanistan prisoners' dilemma haunts Harper
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/columnists/story.html?id=66902518-b7fa-4996-9486-695e172236fb

Next move NATO's
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/01/23/4788781.php

Canada fighting losing battle in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/columnists/story.html?id=a20d5185-ae51-43ca-8dc9-c6151100ff62

PM asked for advice, but can he afford to follow it?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080123.wmanleyanalysis23/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

We should be in Afghanistan until the job is done
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/columnists/story.html?id=51d58cff-1da5-4bb5-8cc6-465631809097

Report simply endorses the mission status quo
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/296595

Compassion for Afghanistan could be costing many lives
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=8cd7946e-1f6f-4a46-9408-9b1df763d2b4

The ball's in Harper's court
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=102003&sc=93

A weak argument for staying
Reasons for sticking with our combat role open to question
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/ideas/story.html?id=717fe3ab-3e08-43ce-aa79-ca79c665effa

PM's gag order erodes support, Manley says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080124.wmanleycommunications24/BNStory/Front

U.S. set to deploy marines to aid Canadians
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2008/01/27/4796322-sun.html

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