Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Canada Won't Fight

From the BBC:
"Canada to withdraw fighter jets from Syria and Iraq strikes"

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. He informed US President Barack Obama of his decision hours after leading his Liberal Party to victory in the polls. As part of his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that were deployed to the region until March 2016. He has not yet given a timescale. Justin Trudeau's Liberals swept to power in Monday's election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.  Mr Trudeau, an ex-high-school teacher, is the eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.  In his first telephone conversation with the US president as Canada's prime minister-designate, Mr Trudeau informed Barack Obama that he would make good on his election promise to withdraw the fighter jets.  "I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada has a role to play in the fight against ISIL (Islamic State), but he (Barack Obama) understands the commitments I've made around ending the combat mission," he told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.  However, he said he would keep Canadian military trainers in northern Iraq, the AFP news agency reports. Mr Trudeau has also vowed to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year - a move previously rejected by his predecessor Stephen Harper, who took a much harder line on the issue.
 
 
^ It is one thing to say you are going to do something major like remove your troops from fighting terrorists to get elected and another to withdraw them after you are in office. It sounds great - that you are keeping your campaign promises, etc., but just ask Obama. He promised to withdraw the US from Iraq and he did, in a very poor way, and that helped ISIS become powerful and take over large areas of Iraq and Syria and got us in the situation we are in today. Trudeau now needs to learn the facts (the behind-the -scenes that officials learn after they are elected) and then start making all of these bold statements a reality. If he doesn't he will weaken Canada and the rest of the world. No Canadian - especially myself - wants Canada to go back to the 1970s-1990s when Canada was a joke on the world stage. No one took Canada seriously. Of course those were the years his father was Prime Minister. Hopefully, Justin Trudeau will have learned from his father and not go too extreme. ^


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34589250

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