Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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        The Budget is overshadowing Afghanistan to-day but a new wrinkle has been added as Dion raised in the House.when debating with MacKay.:
        Dion said the government must still explain:
        The need for just 1,000 additional soldiers when some commanders say 5,000 or even 10,000 more troops are needed.
         http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/306883

         What follows is a Letter to the Editor that will explain where his information came from and the views of those whose boots are on the ground.

                  Joe

 
Niagara Falls, Ontario,
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
by: Joe Hueglin
        

Canadians have been led to believe matters are improving in Afghanistan. Parliament is in the process of voting that our 2 500 Canadian Forces personnel remain in Kandahar until 2011, subject to their reinforcement by 1 000 troops and six helicopters from our NATO allies.

On February 11th it was reported Gen. Gauthier, (1) commander of all Canadian forces overseas, "invited reporters for an unusually open discussion in Kandahar ". They were informed our Forces had withdraw from most of Kandahar Province "to focus on a few central areas." and that "In places just beyond the Canadians' zone of control, the Taliban have established a parallel court system, enforced curfews, and mounted road checkpoints."
 
 On February 23, 2008 (2) Major Richard Moffet, deputy commander of Canada's battle group suggested that "Canada needs to double its current troop strength of 2,500 to keep the Taliban away from those important areas." and that "Easily you could have a brigade of 5,000 Canadians here just for Zhari, Panjwai, Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot and Khakrez, because to be honest, we haven't been to a few places in Panjwai yet."

"In the same article (2) Colonel Christian Juneau, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, (Kandahar Province) is quoted as saying succinctly to elders concerned about Taliban in their outlying district "We don't have enough troops".

Both these officers were interviewed in Afghanistan by the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role In Afghanistan. Probabilities are they told the panelists what they hold to be true. Why otherwise than because Panel and now Parliament have ignored reality?

What other reason can there be for committing what amounts to professional suicide other than concern for the future of the men and women with them on their Mission.?

                

    Joe Hueglin

Reference:

    1. Smith, Graeme, Canadians 'winning' in Kandahar, general says, February 11, 2008, Toronto Globe and Mail
        http://ensign.ftlcomm.com/editorials/LTE/hueglin/hueglinList/100/hueglin120/canadaWinning.html
 

    2. Smith, Graeme, Canada urged to double troop strength, February 23, 2008, Toronto Globe and Mail
        http://ensign.ftlcomm.com/editorials/LTE/hueglin/hueglinList/100/hueglin120/moffit.html
 

    3. Independent Panel on Canada's future Role in Afghanistan, January 16, 2008 Independent Panel web site
        http://www.independent-panel-independant.ca/reportViewer-eng.asp?selMenu=11

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No budget election: Dion
http://www.thestar.com/News/FederalBudget/article/307077

    * Dion's Liberals back away from an forcing election over budget The Canadian Press - 2 hours, 25 minutes ago
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080226/national/fedbudget_liberals

    * Tories scrap clean-car rebate in budget, leave green groups singing blues The Canadian Press - Tue Feb 26, 4:11 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080226/national/fedbudget_environment

    * Tax cuts and debt payments leave little for the poor in federal budget The Canadian Press - Tue Feb 26, 7:23 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080226/national/fedbudget_losers

Government loses court battle to crack barley monopoly
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/02/26/wheat-board.html

TORONTO STAR   COVERAGEB http://www.thestar.com/news/federalbudget
NATIONAL POST  COVERAGE http://www.nationalpost.com/

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Canadian Labour Congress: An Unbalanced and Unfair Budget
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''Safe'' Budget not likely to trigger election
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Cities get $2B a year for infrastructure
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OTTAWA—Canada's towns and cities got a boost today with the promise of $2 billion a year in permanent funding to help keep pace with aging infrastructure. ...
        
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Feds offer some relief for struggling industries
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Budget promises relief for manufacturing sector
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Feds fish in stocked waters
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Budget: Live blogging Flaherty's speech
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