International Relations, Ethnic Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, Academia, Politics in General, Selected Silliness
Saturday, January 15, 2011
This image suggests that Michel Ignatieff is a waffler on Afghanistan. Which may be the case. However, it seems to be the case that he has been prompted to criticize the government not just because mindless opposition is his job, but because it is pretty clear that the decision to send 800 trainers and other guys after June 2011 was not worked through the various agencies. NATO does not need 800 trainers behind the wire, but does need more training via embedding and partnering with Afghan units. But that is precisely not what the Canadians will be doing. So, this cartoon is amusing but it misses the point--the Harper government did not work this policy out well. Criticizing it for screwing up the process is fair game, as it makes all of Harper's assertions about behind the wire and in Kabul somewhat easy to disbelieve.
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