Friday, November 23, 2007

Afstan: Read them and draw your own conclusions

Differing views:
Opposition says military too optimistic
Canadian Forces accused of maintaining 'culture of secrecy' after Commons address

Canadian army paints upbeat picture of Afghanistan, contradicts Senlis Council [more on Senlis around the middle here; our opposition parties like to ignore the fact that the Council wants a much strengthened NATO ground combat effort, with less reliance on air strikes.]

Hillier bucks Pakistan push
General: Canada, NATO’s focus on southern Afghanistan

'There is reason for optimism,' NATO chief says


Blogger Kenneth said...

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9:08 a.m., November 26, 2007  
Blogger Kenneth said...

A funny thing about the recent report from the Senlis Council claiming the Taliban now controls half of Afghanistan... I checked out the Senlis website and found an almost identical report from September 2006 -"resurgent Taliban now controls half of Afghanistan" For some reason, they recycled the same ideas. Furthermore, the other publications at Senlis are critical of the NATO mission & advocate a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. But the largest number of publications promote the idea of legalized, licensed opium poppy production for medical use. So we see the agenda of the Senlis Council, while not necessarily in direct opposition to NATO 's, is not at all the same.

Perhaps it's no wonder they see conditions in Afghanistan differently when their goals are very different than NATO's.

9:10 a.m., November 26, 2007  

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