A Dire Story from Afghanistan

It’s always been hard to determine what will result from the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Recently, it’s become more clear that victory is far from assured. Which is to say, that despite everything everyone did from 2001-2014, the country may simply return to the same calamitous civil war it was involved in when the...
  • A (Scientific) History of Violence

    September 30, 2011 by Adam Day
    Today, something completely different. In a frankly amazing article/report, scientist Steven Pinker — perhaps best known for writing about the brain and language — has gone some great distance toward proving something that seems kind of intuitively false: which is that we are all now...
  • Canadians in Kabul Shootout!

    September 23, 2011 by Adam Day
    New information has just come out about last week’s attack by Afghan insurgents against the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. Not only is the U.S. alleging that Pakistan was involved in the attack — which is a way more serious allegation than I think many in...
  • Boots on the ground in Libya?

    September 22, 2011 by Adam Day
    It seems to me that the NATO mission in Libya — which has involved a great many Canadian bombs falling on the country — has been sort of slipping under the radar, which is no doubt how the politicians would prefer it. And it’s true...
  • What’s going on with the reserves?

    September 21, 2011 by Adam Day
    There’s an interesting story by Christie Blatchford out today on the long and fairly unsuccessful political effort to increase the size of the Canadian Forces reserves. Blatchford’s article is centered on a newly released report prepared for the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute by...
  • While tagged for many years as a future chief of defence, one thing led to another and Lieutant-General Andrew Leslie has decided to leave the Canadian Forces instead of seeking out a posting as the country’s top soldier. Apparently, however, Leslie didn’t want to leave...
  • In the better-late-than never department, there was an announcement last week that six Canadian soldiers would be receiving the Medal of Military Valour — which is third in the hierarchy of Canadian military bravery awards behind the Star of Military Valour and the Victoria Cross...
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