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Arabian Nights gI read this book as part of a research project and it was very educational The authors show a lot of familiarity with Ottawa and do a prodigious job of illustrating how byzantine the Canadianovernment can be Certain departments are also stagnant and stuck in their ways All of this has huge implications for architecting not to mention carrying out foreign policy initiatives This was eminently true of the Canadian involvement in Afghanistan This is a 2007 text and thus a primary source in its own right in understanding the war Canadians fought in Kandahar Stein and Lang as the title they chose implies emphasize that Canada was carried along with events related to Afghanistan It was the object as countries often are of mission creep What started out as a largely traditional peacekeeping role for Canada in Kabul eventually evolved into a conventional war in Kandahar in the south of Afghanistan Although the Canadian effort in that country is mostly associated in the Canadian memory with the Harper overnment it was actually the Liberal regime that originally committed Canada to the US Operation Enduring the Liberal regime that originally committed Canada to the US Operation Enduring and then the International Stabilization Assistance Force ISAF Liberals defined the original Canadian involvement in the mission and left an enduring mark on it John MacCallum and Bill Graham are salient figures in this history Their importance is rivalled by General Rick Hillier the Chief of the Defence Staff who starting in the period 2004 2005 radically altered the culture of the Canadian military in the #crucible of the Afghanistan mission Stein and Lang even suggest that Hillier was a policy maker instead of just a #of the Afghanistan mission Stein and Lang even suggest that Hillier was a policy maker instead of just a taker unusual influence in a non political military like Canada s What Stein and LANG DO BRILLIANTLY IS PLACE THE DECISION MAKING IN do brilliantly is place the decision making in about Afghanistan suarely in the context of Canada s overarching eopolitical concerns Foremost among these is of course the country s relationship with the United States Canada went along with the wave of sympathy for the United States in the wake of 911 and its original commitment to ISAF must be understood in that context However as time went on the Canadian relationship with its American neighbour soured For one thing Canada was less than enthusiastic about pa. With our troops now committed until 2009 The Unexpected War exposes the poverty of Canadian foreign policy arguing that Canada’s various military missions in Afghanistan have been. .


Unexpected War Canada in Kandahar

Eugene Lang É 3 free read

Authors do et it right second whether Western countries should try to help as best as they can I believe we need to do so or best as they can I believe we need to do so or away as soon as one of our citizens ets hurt which seems to be the preference of the book s authors third is there a better future for Afghanistan In its conclusion despite leaning towards leaving through most of the book the authors reveal an Afghan s cry for help We ask you not to repeat the mistakes you made in the 1990 s not to abandon Afghanistan again If the international forces withdraw Afghanistan will descend into chaosOne possible solution which may need to be looked at seriously would be the creation of a new country Pashtunistan which would take away from both Afghanistan and Pakistan the areas where the Pashtus are the majority and allow both of these countries to move forward without the constant fear of tribal wars Pashtunistan would still need to move away from tribal mentalities but if we allow them to move so they just might surprise the world and succeed But the world stuck into the belief that artificial borders must remain sacred may not be uite ready to do so outside of Europe where small states have been multiplying over the past two decades sometimes without due cause Insightful if hawkish story of the Canadian mission Surpisingly made me think favorably of Paul Martin This is a book for politicos Extremely well researched review and analysis of the inside political decisions that resulted in the Canadian deployemnt to AfghanistanIf by tales from the battlefield you mean the corridors of External Affairs Lange Certainly makes clear how ill euipped the Canadian overnment was making the decision to move from the relatively safe un mission in afghanistan to relatively safe UN mission in Afghanistan to part of the NATO led war Khandahar Interesting how the US manipulated Canada into the aggressive role in Afghanistan as an alternative to in the ill fated invasion of Ira What the heck are we doing in Afghanistan How did Canada every et into this mess What is the real reason young Canadians must die there Many of the answers are provided here and they may surprise you as they did me Highly recommended Great understanding of how Canada Always You got involved in Afghanistan and where we were are as off 200. A first hand account by a former Defence Ministry insider the book offers aripping account of how Canada became embroiled in a new kind of war fighting insurgency in a failed stat. Rticipating in the American Ballistic Missile Defense BMD initiative Moreover Canada refused to contribute to or even morally support the 2003 invasion BMD initiative Moreover Canada refused to contribute to or even morally support the 2003 invasion Ira This hesitancy was borne as much from or even morally support the 2003 invasion Ira This hesitancy was borne as much from lack of capability as principled opposition Regardless Ottawa was looking for a way to smooth things over with Washington and the suggestion that Canada deploy an entire battle roup to the most dangerous part of Afghanistan Kandahar presented itself as the perfect balm Indeed it came to be known in federal leadership circles as the Afghanistan solution IT MESHED VERY WELL WITH THE meshed very well with the of Foreign Affairs search for a 21st century foreign policy and Rick Hillier s project to rebuild the Canadian military into a fighting force he envisioned after its near annihilation in the 1990s under Liberal overnment neglect There can be no doubt that Canadians fought extremely bravely and incurred relatively heavy casualties in Afghanistan in proportion to their numbers and the size of the country under whose flag they fought Kandahar because of its location on the Pashtun border with Pakistan and its identity as the Taliban s bastion was the project no other country wanted Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon were only too happy to hand responsibility for it over to Canada in This is a book for those who want to understand the policy decisions that led to Canada s involvement in the war in Afghanistan There is no description of the actual fighting and operations like Medusa are only mentioned briefly to illustrate the outcome of policy decisions None the less it is a interesting book than I expected The authors interviewed many of the participants in the decision making and that brings this aliveThere is a dreadful clanger on the fourth page Shinook helicopters that alarmed me and I still wonder how a former chief of staff to two former Ministers of Defence ie Lang could have missed this but the book otherwise seems very credible and well informed There is than one angle to this book first how the federal overnment does not work as well as it should due to the lack of movement between departments by public servants who are stuck into a job classification preventing them from moving around and due to its slavery to process over results the. Ad hoc in nature and made on the basis of political calculations often flawed about Canadian–American relations Drawing upon interviews with key decision makers and advisors and. .