Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Mark Collins – Canada and UN “Peace Operations”: Letter of Mine in Globe and Mail

8 Nov

November 8 in print edition–scroll down to the third letter at “War and peace” (links added): Your editorial recommends that Senegal be the focus for renewed peace operations by t…

Source: Mark Collins – Canada and UN “Peace Operations”: Letter of Mine in Globe and Mail

Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

26 Oct

A letter sent to the NY Times and not published: Paul Theroux [website here] writes (“Pardon the American Taliban”, Oct. 23) that “after Sept. 11, the United States invaded Afghan…

Source: Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

19 Oct

One simple thing: a personnel promotion system for officers that undermined effectiveness locally. Is the Canadian Army any different? Excerpts from a must-read post by a retired US Army officer at…

Source: Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

Mark Collins – Afghanistan “Worth It”–Don’t Lose it

3 Oct

And keep in mind the truly nefarious role of miscreant Pakistan–excerpts from a major NY Times article, by a reporter with great Afghan experience, that is a clear message to the next America…

Source: Mark Collins – Afghanistan “Worth It”–Don’t Lose it

Mark Collins – Let’s Not Be Beastly to an Afghan-Canadian Cabinet Minister

27 Sep

A retired senior Canadian diplomat makes a heart-felt case: Monsef’s place of birth shouldn’t have ‘serious consequences’ Ferry de Kerckhove is a Former high commissioner of Canada to Pakistan [now…

Source: Mark Collins – Let’s Not Be Beastly to an Afghan-Canadian Cabinet Minister

Mark Collins – NJ/NY Bombings: How a Young Afghan-American Turned to Jihad

26 Sep

Ahmad Rahami’s sad story of a terrible inability to reconcile a clash of cultures–excellent in-depth reporting at the NY Times: Journey From Class Clown to Suspect in Chelsea Bombing If…

Source: Mark Collins – NJ/NY Bombings: How a Young Afghan-American Turned to Jihad

Mark Collins – Eagle’s India Full Court Press (unhappy Paks)

30 Aug

Further to these posts: US SecDef Carter in India Pushing Military Cooperation (note link at last para–tous azimuts) Indian PM Modi in Washington–Goes for Defence Cooperation the SecDef and t…

Source: Mark Collins – Eagle’s India Full Court Press (unhappy Paks)

Mark Collins – Afghanistan: POTUS Backs Down on US Forces Draw-Down (plus NATO)

6 Jul

Further to these posts, Afghanistan: NATO and US to Keep Substantial Troops Through 2016 … No Canada though. But if training in Iraq vs ISIS is such a great thing according to our new governm…

Source: Mark Collins – Afghanistan: POTUS Backs Down on US Forces Draw-Down (plus NATO)

Mark Collins – Afghanistan: Gurkhas Fallen for Canada in Kabul

21 Jun

Matthew Fisher of Postmedia News puts the murder of fourteen Canadian embassy security guards from Nepal in some historical context: Canada owes debt to fearless Nepalese warriors Given how hazardo…

Source: Mark Collins – Afghanistan: Gurkhas Fallen for Canada in Kabul

Mark Collins – POTUS Bites a Bullet, Loosens US Forces in Afghanistan Somewhat

10 Jun

Further to this post, Most Recent US Afghan Commander Pushes Back at POTUS the president Obama recognizes that the US military needs to be more active and forward vs the Talibs: Obama approves broa…

Source: Mark Collins – POTUS Bites a Bullet, Loosens US Forces in Afghanistan Somewhat