"As we look out into the future what we obviously try to do is anticipate where and when we will be needed, but it's difficult with any certainty to make those plans, without talking to other countries, without doing internal examinations," Mackay said.Let's clarify what you mean, shall we? Our military are not needed anywhere. It is the Harper goverment's military dominated foreign policy that has the CF taking on an expeditionary combat role. We could have easily kept our half dozen or so CF-18s in Canada, and NATO wouldn't have missed them. NATO would barely flinch if we left Italy tomorrow.
"The focus of the planning, let's be clear, is our capability for expeditionary participation in international missions.... We are big players in NATO. We're a country that has become a go-to nation in response to situations like what we're seeing in Libya, what we saw in Haiti...Likewise, we're only a "go to" nation because your government volunteers Canada for every little fight that comes along without so much as critical fart about whether it's actually a good idea. We're a bunch of fucking international 'yes-men'.
"We are constantly working within that paradigm of countries, to see where we can bring that niche capability to bear. It's part of planning and preparation, in conjunction with our equipment needs."Ah now we're getting closer the mark. Canada needs to cultivate a "niche capability" so that all the cool countries will see us as a "go to" when they next talk themselves into invading, bombing, advising, protecting, preserving or otherwise violently intervening - for good or ill - somewhere on the great globe.
Gangs use their hang-arounds as their "go to" because they are so desperate for acceptance into the club that they'll do all sorts of unspeakable things to prove themselves.
What hang-arounds actually have is a desperate inferiority complex. They sell drugs to kids and turn vulnerable women into prostitutes. You take other people's loved ones and send them off to war because you think it makes Canada's dick look bigger.
I honestly don't know which is more pathetic.