Gen. Rick Hillier steps up to the mike and shares his views on the Manley Report.
Canadian soldiers cannot avoid combat if they are to remain in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, the chief of defence staff said Friday.
Gen. Rick Hillier ruled out any possibility that troops could remain in the volatile region and perform strictly humanitarian and reconstruction duties. "Certainly if you're in Kandahar you're going to be in combat operations," Hillier told reporters after delivering a speech at an Arctic conference.
"If you're there, you're going to be in the middle of a firefight some way or another."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has endorsed the recommendations a blue-ribbon panel that looked into Canada's options in Afghanistan.
It recommended Canadians continue in a combat role beyond their scheduled pullout next February if other NATO countries pony up 1,000 reinforcements and the military can acquire combat helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft.
Ah yes … the combat helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft that are “on order”. If by “on order”, Big Daddy actually means, you know, “we’re still comparison shopping”.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper twice said yesterday that crucial new helicopters and drones for the troops in Afghanistan are "on order."
However, government officials later said the Prime Minister jumped the gun and that they are still trying to find the best way to obtain the equipment quickly.
Ooopsie. Not wanting to be bored with details, Hillier thumps his chest in an appropriately manly fashion and takes time to assure the Canadian public that he and Big Daddy are still bestest friends:
The Manley report will act as a blueprint for all of NATO in Afghanistan, he said, adding the relationship between him and Harper is "solid and good."
"The political leaders in those countries are going to have to make decisions to set NATO up for success for this mission," he said. "Canada is simply the leading edge of the spear."
Hillier said he can accept whatever decision the federal government ultimately makes as long as it honours the sacrifices made by the Canadians killed in Afghanistan.
What the fuck? And just who gets to decide if the government’s actions adequately “honours the sacrifices made …”? The public? Big Daddy? Or how about Hillier himself? I don’t fucking think so, mon general.