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Canada withdrawal will not hinder battle against Isis

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Justin Trudeau’s announcement that Canada will cease involvement in bombing campaigns in Syria and Iraq greeted with resignation in US

The news that Canada would stop participating in coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria struck like a thunderbolt in Ottawa on Tuesday. But, in Washington, the announcement that prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau would keep a campaign pledge to end Canadian participation was met with a shrug.

In his first news conference after his election victory, Trudeau said he had spoken with Barack Obama: “I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada’s role is to play in the fight against Isil, but he understands the commitments I’ve made about ending the combat mission.”

Despite the close alliance between Canada and the United States, American politicians were confident that the war effort against Isis would not be hindered.

In a statement, Devin Nunes, the chair of the House intelligence committee, told the Guardian: “Canada’s withdrawal from the bombing campaign won’t have a large effect on our military operations against Isis.”

Nunes added that, in his opinion: “The problem is not a lack of willing participants, it’s that the Obama administration has no coherent strategy to win this fight.

“Our campaign of limited airstrikes has not significantly impeded Isis or kept malign powers like Russia and Iran from spreading their influence, and the administration seems either unwilling or incapable of correcting our course of action.”

Senator John McCain, the chair of the Senate armed services committee, shared this insouciance about the announced withdrawal of Canadian armed forces.

“I think it’s a result of an election,” McCain said. “That’s a commitment [Justin Trudeau] made in his campaign. I regret it, but that’s what elections are about.”

However, not everyone in Washington was willing to write off Canada’s contributions. In a press conference on Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted to reporters that Canada has “made an important contribution thus far, and we’re obviously deeply appreciative of them lending their talent and skill and expertise to that effort”.

He expressed the Obama administration’s hope “that they’ll continue to play that important role that they’ve played thus far”.

Canada currently has approximately 600 air force personnel deployed in Iraq to combat Isis, and Canadian aircraft have conducted 1,637 sorties. Trudeau has not yet set out a timeline for the withdrawal.

the guardian

17 Comments on "Canada withdrawal will not hinder battle against Isis"

  1. makati1 on Wed, 21st Oct 2015 7:24 pm 

    Promises are not reality. If the withdrawal happens, that is a good thing, but … he IS a politician and subject to pressure and bribes. We shall see.

  2. GregT on Wed, 21st Oct 2015 8:40 pm 

    Absolutely agree Mak. If he does stand by his words, this could turn out very badly for Canada, even though it is the right thing to do. I will be surprised if he isn’t read the riot act. Hopefully he has enough balls to stand up to DC. We shall see.

  3. Plantagenet on Wed, 21st Oct 2015 10:56 pm 

    Canada is very lucky to have a leader like Justin Trudeau. I doubt the wimpy Obama administration will put any pressure at all on him to change his mind, or if they do try to apply pressure on Trudeau it will be done in an ineffectual and incompetent way.


  4. GregT on Wed, 21st Oct 2015 11:42 pm 

    You could always start a movement to secede plant. Really not much point in being so far removed from the ‘mother land’ anyways. Then again, your government doesn’t believe in the rights of the people to self determination, or the democratic process. They’d probably bomb you back into the stone age. Yup, on second thought, you’re probably better off living in isolation, with nobody to turn to when things get really bad. Maybe Putin will come to your rescue when the USD finally collapses. I hear Alaska is finally warming up enough to justify the invasion.


  5. GregT on Wed, 21st Oct 2015 11:55 pm 

    Also planter, it isn’t the president, or the administration that Trudeau needs to worry about. It is the board of directors and the owners of the corpocracy, that are the real threat. The Obama administration is just doing what it has been told to do, and will be removed if necessary.

  6. Keith_McClary on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 12:12 am 

    “Withdrawal” is a nice choice of words. Trudeau said (10/02/2014):

    “Why aren’t we talking more about the kind of humanitarian aid that Canada can and must be engaged in, rather than trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are?”

    The US didn’t ask for or need these old CF-18s. They just wanted more countries to sign on to their war.

    “White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted to reporters that Canada has ‘made an important contribution thus far, and we’re obviously deeply appreciative of them lending their talent and skill and expertise to that effort’.”

    “Josh Earnest”, what a great name for a gubmint spokesman!

  7. apneaman on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 1:30 am 

    planty says, “Canada is very lucky to have a leader like Justin Trudeau.”

    I think someone has a crush on Prime Minister Justin. He is kinda cute. You know he is married with 3 kids planty? But then again he is a politician and always in need of a friendly intern.

  8. Newfie on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 4:48 am 

    Trudeau will also cancel the purchase of the F-35 military jets. Canada needs those like a hole in the head.

  9. bug on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 9:12 am 

    Thanks Ap, another keyboard drowned.
    MF”er hahahahahah

  10. paulo1 on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 9:51 am 

    Hey….years ago the Reform Party/Conservatives phoned my buddy trying to get him to vote for Harper. He told them, “if I vote for Harper I am voting to send my boys to war in Iraq.” Chretien won that year and we did not participate in the ultimate ‘mission accomplished’ debacle. Then Harper got into power and he wanted to play soldier. Trudeau pulling us out is simply going back to who we are. If the fight is necessary, (like WW2), we’ll be there first. But if it is simply imperial war mongering, call another patsy.

    He is also going to legalize pot and pull out of the F-35 nightmare. Hopefully, we’ll bail from the TPP as well.

    I didn’t vote for him (Trudeau), though. I voted NDP. But I would have voted in a blind chipmunk if it meant getting rid of Harper. Much of Canada felt the same way. That is why the Libs won so big. They took the cities. Picture what Donald Trump’s assistants must be like. That was Steven Harper.

    For me, the biggest election issue was Harper muzzling our scientists about Climate Change. That, and his playing soldier with the big bullies. The NDP won in our riding which should serve us well. The US actions these past 20 years have created ISIS for God’s sake. Plus, they have destabised the ME to the verge of total collapse. It is a gawdawful mess.

  11. ghung on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 10:39 am 

    Paulo said: “He is also going to legalize pot…”

    That would be thumbing his nose at several international treaties, (the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Drugs of 1971, and the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988), opening the door for other countries to do so. He, and Canada, would be heroes to a lot of pot heads.

    “Such a move would come at a very crucial time in international drug policy: In 2016, the UN will hold a special session on the global drug problem. Drug policy reformers have long planned to use the special 2016 session to call on world leaders to change the international drug treaties to clearly allow decriminalization and legalization. Canadian legalization would give these reformers an opening by showing that if the treaties aren’t changed, they will soon be effectively meaningless as countries move ahead with their own reforms, treaties be damned. And such treaty changes could open other countries, including the US, to their own reforms.”

  12. joe on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 10:47 am 

    America will announce it’s going to stop it’s bombing as well.
    Guys, Putin is bombing the hell out of al qaeda and 30000 Chechens using so called IS as training for their main event, the invasion of Russia. So its game over, not without becoming an ally of ISIS. When the Chechens either leave or die, all that’s left will be a few thousand Arabs and some French guys. Iran will gobble them up.
    1st though Russia has to deal with Al qaeda (nusrah front ).

  13. BobInget on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 11:36 am 

    Pentagon statement on hostage rescue mission in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (October 22, 2015) — Early today in Iraq, at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government, U.S. Special Operations Forces supported an Iraqi Peshmerga operation to rescue hostages at an ISIL prison near Hawijah, Iraq.

    This operation was deliberately planned and launched after receiving information that the hostages faced imminent mass execution. It was authorized consistent with our counter-ISIL effort to train, advise, and assist Iraqi forces.

    The U.S. provided helicopter lift and accompanied Iraqi Peshmerga forces to the compound. Approximately 70 hostages were rescued including more than 20 members of the Iraqi Security Forces. Five ISIL terrorists were detained by the Iraqis and a number of ISIL terrorists were killed as well. In addition, the U.S. recovered important intelligence about ISIL.

    One U.S. service member was wounded during the rescue mission acting in support of Iraqi Peshmerga forces after they came under fire by ISIL. He subsequently died after receiving medical care. In addition, four Peshmerga soldiers were wounded.

    On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of the U.S. service member who was killed in this operation. The U.S. and our coalition will continue to work with our Iraqi partners to degrade and defeat ISIL, and return Iraq to the full control of its people.

  14. Davy on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 12:46 pm 

    Joe, is Iran going to be a permanent occupying force like the Americans were for several years? If not then the Sunni militants will reorganize just like any dedicated and well versed force will. I believe there is no happy ending here for anyone. Time will tell.

  15. GregT on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 2:10 pm 

    Pentagon statement on hostage rescue mission in Iraq

    Jessica Lynch.

  16. apneaman on Sat, 24th Oct 2015 3:39 am 

    Police In Thailand Lay Down Vests and Barricades In Solidarity With Protestors

  17. GregT on Sat, 24th Oct 2015 3:53 am 

    Thailand is a fine example of why this shit will never work Apnea. Been there, done that. Lots of really amazing places to visit. I’ll never go back.

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