Well, Raphael starts off well:
Do Canadian Forces Want To Stay In Afghanistan?
Not according to this former soldier, who says that the mission in Afghanistan is little more than Stephen Harper's political posturing and foreign policy cozying up to the Bush administration.
Good, Raphael, good ... this is an important issue we should be discussing. But, oh shit, Raphael immediately lapses into stupid-speak:
It's almost so classically leftist an argument, that it almost doesn't bear repeating.
And yet ... and yet ... Raphael somehow realizes that there are people who know way more about this than he does:
And yet, Dave is an experienced and knowledgeable blogger who does provide some real insight into the problems facing not only the mission, but the military and their families. Once one gets past the six or seven paragraphs devoted to Harper-Hating, the core concern he has for the soldiers is at the very least worthy of the benefit of doubt for honesty. Dave speaks about attrition rates in the military, particularly returning soldiers from Afghanistan, and even the Department of Defense admits attrition rates have run at 6% in recent years and warns of a crisis which needs attention. He also speaks about the morale of troops returning from combat, many of whom go directly to voluntary release. There remains a real danger of war fatigue from troops returned to the field of combat for multiple tours like the Americans in Iraq:
And, hey, Raph, there's this, too:
'My men don't want to come back after 2009'
Not to worry, Raph ... just more irresponsible leftist crap, right? If only there were some war-happy Canadians who, full of support for "the mission," were willing to step in and take those soldiers' places. Wouldn't that solve everyone's problems? Now where might we find those folks? It's a mystery, isn't it?