Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Afghanistan and our Broken Army
I see that Michael Ignatieff says that we are lost in Afghanistan, and that he intends to make it clear to Obama that Canadian troops will be pulled out in 2011.
"We are searching for a good strategy in Afghanistan. To be frank, we are currently lost in Afghanistan. I support the mission, but I think we are lost right now. We need to find a new strategy and I think Canada can offer a legitimate contribution."
Which is jolly decent of him...hip hip hurrah. Considering that our mission in Afghanistan has been lost for YEARS. And if it wasn't for him...and other right-wing Liberals... our troops would have been back this month. Instead of fighting a lost war we cannot win...... for two more bloody years.
With a busted army that when it finally returns won't be able to do ANYTHING.
Canada's army is being pushed to the limit by the strains of keeping a 2,700-strong military mission in Afghanistan and the force will need at least a year to recover once the troops return on schedule in 2011, the top army commander said on Monday.
Leslie said men and equipment in Afghanistan were wearing out fast and likened his job to juggling a chain saw.
So that's how Canada's Great War on Terror is going to end...not with a bang but a bloody whimper. The sickening sound of a chain saw. And of course.... the bagpipes over and over again.
We charged into a war we weren't properly prepared to fight. We wandered around in a fog for years. Many brave soldiers died. Before the enemy and too many tours took their toll.
And we limped out of Afghanistan like Napoleon out of Moscow. Not because we wanted to, but because we HAD to.
With a BROKEN army.
Oh boy.You know what the worse thing is? Apart from the dead, and the injured, and the shattered idealism.
We should have seen it coming YEARS ago.
And when this bloody debacle is over, we're going to spend the next FIFTY years trying to understand why we didn't. Michael Ignatieff will write another sort of mea culpa like he did about his support for the war in Iraq.
And nobody will ever be able to explain to their loved ones.
Why all those soldiers died for NOTHING...