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August 12, 2008

We ain't heavy

Writing for The Torch, Babbling Brooks cites Lew MacKenzie on Canada's ersatz heavy lift role in Afghanistan, another $300m for the Russians (what extraordinary timing we have) and what is most probably the last word on NATO.

There are more than 3,000 medium-lift helicopters sitting safely on the ground far, far away from Afghanistan, at airbases located in NATO's 26 member countries. Three thousand, and Canada is stuck with providing helicopter support, not just for its own troops, but for all the other national contingents in Region South.

Bin Laden though the West was a paper tiger; he was not far wrong. Perhaps he was mistaken to think there is something remaining we might identify as "the West".

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 12, 2008 06:51 AM