- Canadians held/hold key leadership positions within the NATO mission, including Deputy Commander of ISAF in 2003-2004, Commander of ISAF in 2004, Commander of Kabul's Multinational Brigade in 2003 and 2004, Commander of Regional Command South on a rotating basis since 2006; commanding the units of other countries that operate in Kandahar province;
- Canada had a team of officers (Strategic Advisory Team) embedded in the highest levels of several Afghan ministries for several years.
- the deputy of the UN mission was a prominent Canadian for much of the time
- In discussions within NATO for planning in Afghanistan, Canadian voices were louder and more influential than those of countries that are usually seen as more powerful, such as Germany and France.
- The current model of whole of government and clear/hold/build is a Canadian one.
And, many of the critics of my post recommended that I quit my position and enlist in the Canadian Forces. I could have made clearer that I do feel awkward making recommendations about what Canada should do, given that it does involve the sacrifice of mostly young Canadian men and women. But these things do have word limits--unlike my blog.
Those all are examples of influence at the operational level. What about the political strategic level? i.e. does this 'influence' result in anything tangible outside of Afghanistan?
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