Canada has announced that it will send up to 1,000 troops to Latvia to help bolster a NATO force sent there to face down Russian aggression.
Canada has long been operating in the region–troops in Poland and Ukraine, CF-18s in the sky above, warships at sea–all as a part of a mission called Operation Reassurance, which was meant to provide comfort to our shaky NATO allies that we are, indeed, allies.
But now this mission has, well, escalated--Operation Reassurance is more like Operation Deterrence.
It all started with U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa last week. "As your NATO ally and your friend, let me say, we'll be more secure when every NATO member, including Canada, contributes its full share to our common security," said Obama. "Because the Canadian Armed Forces a...