Canadian general: We’re winning in Afghanistan

posted at 11:35 am on November 30, 2007 by Bryan

Maybe this is why Osama bin Laden wants our European allies to abandon Afghanistan?

Canada is winning the war in Afghanistan and is making significant progress in rebuilding that South Asian country, says the general who commands the Canadian Forces mission in Kandahar.

But Lt.-Gen. Michel Gauthier, who heads the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in Ottawa, warns that because Afghan insurgents are losing ground, they likely will resort to increasing the number of roadside bombs and suicide attacks in an attempt to inflict more casualties on troops.

“From a military perspective in the south of Afghanistan, in Kandahar specifically, we are winning,” Lt.-Gen. Gauthier said in an interview with CanWest News Service. “We are winning where it matters most, where the people live. Where 90 per cent of the population is, we have a strong security influence in concert with our Afghan partners.”

With Iraq improving and becoming almost completely hostile to al Qaeda and with Afghanistan turning sour, and with the Pakistanis reportedly (toss all appropriate caveats on that, given Pakistan’s current state of affairs) making progress against the Taliban in Swat, things are looking bad all over for the terrorists.


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When our government turns them loose (and properly funds and equips them) the Canadian Army kicks heinie.

Frozen Tex on November 30, 2007 at 11:37 AM

things are looking bad all over for the terrorists.

Well, not all over

bnelson44 on November 30, 2007 at 11:42 AM

bnelson44 on November 30, 2007 at 11:42 AM

True enough.

Bryan on November 30, 2007 at 11:43 AM

More bad news for the defeatocrats.

Tony737 on November 30, 2007 at 11:50 AM

And the other side of the coin….Tehran gets shoved further and further into a box. They know it, our military knows it. Best way to avoid war with Dinnerjacket is to keep on winning. He is tied completely to using terror to keep us off balance. Without his proxies this bully will retreat to his bunker until his own people Mussolini him.

Limerick on November 30, 2007 at 11:55 AM

“But, but, but, Bush lied!?!?!?!” “No WMD’s!!!”

The Democrats will always find another pony to latch onto.

Tyrs Fury on November 30, 2007 at 11:58 AM

this bully will retreat to his bunker until his own people Mussolini him.

Limerick on November 30, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Gotta love the concept!

leanright on November 30, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Well, not all over

bnelson44 on November 30, 2007 at 11:42 AM

That’s Islam for you.

Over and over and over they tell the world what they are, but some refuse to hear.

MB4 on November 30, 2007 at 12:18 PM

An anecdote I read last week…

In Canada the leftards wish our troops would just hand out blankets and build schools.

An American officer was present when an artillery salvo was brought down on a taliban compound under attack by Canadian troops. When the explosions stopped a Canadian soldier yells out to the taliban…

“Is that where you wanted that well drilled?”

BL@KBIRD on November 30, 2007 at 12:42 PM

“Is that where you wanted that well drilled?”

BL@KBIRD on November 30, 2007 at 12:42 PM

Hee hee!

Actually, a couple of years ago, it came out in the news that the “higher-highers” in the military were aghast, and cracking down on, the new “Warfighter” attitudes and language of younger officers and NCOs that had returned from tours in Afghanistan. Since Canada had done nothing but peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions since the Korean War, senior officers and NCOs had zero combat experience, and were (I think) secretly ashamed that they had no experience to back up their authority, so to speak, so they needed to keep the upstarts in their place. But the longer this goes on, the more experienced our army will be. Recruitment is up, and with a small force (compared to the US) and shorter deployments, soon there will be few Land Forces troops that haven’t “seen the elephant”. Which is a good thing, in my opinion.

Frozen Tex on November 30, 2007 at 1:01 PM

Frozen Tex

I agree. It’s cynical, but the only positive point of being in Afghanistan is the practical experience for when we have a more serious/logical mission in the coming years. Our future officers will know the black soul of Islam and handle it as is proper.

BL@KBIRD on November 30, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Gotta love the Canucks!

techno_barbarian on November 30, 2007 at 2:40 PM

I agree. It’s cynical, but the only positive point of being in Afghanistan is the practical experience for when we have a more serious/logical mission in the coming years. Our future officers will know the black soul of Islam and handle it as is proper.

BL@KBIRD on November 30, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Great point, but it’s not cynical at all, imho. It’s the wisdom of attacking Afghanistan and Iraq first. We now have a Military that’s deeply seasoned and experienced and capable of dealing with the battles we’re very likely going to have to fight in the near future.

Not to mention the strategic logistics of those chosen targets as they relate to iran and syria.

techno_barbarian on November 30, 2007 at 2:44 PM

And a shout out to the USMC for letting us butt in line for M777 production for the RCHA to use over there to create said 155mm wells.

Jim708 on November 30, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Shit! Even the Cannucks with their B-17 bomber Air Force know we are winning.

Egfrow on November 30, 2007 at 5:43 PM

Egfrow on November 30, 2007 at 5:43 PM

Bombers? What bombers? Our frontline aircraft are 20+ year old F/A-18s (whoops, sorry, Canada calls them CF-18s)

And we just bought a C-17 Globemaster III.

Frozen Tex on November 30, 2007 at 6:02 PM

Well I’m glad were invovled, and trying to be a
good neighbor,but we could use more military
hardware from the US,but please,Britian,don’t
send us any more of your submarines.

canopfor on November 30, 2007 at 9:10 PM