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New mission in Africa? Why not fix the mess in Libya, Afghanistan first

By Scott Taylor      

If we must send troops on a mission for the sake of seeming relevant on the world stage, we can always return to these two countries, which we left vulnerable.

Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance inspects troops during a change-of-command ceremony for the commander of the Canadian Army on Parliament Hill on July 14.
Canadian Army photograph by Cpl. Andrew Wesley

OTTAWA—Last Thursday, Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance presided over a rain-soaked ceremony on Parliament Hill to formally recognize the change of command between outgoing Canadian Army commander Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse and his newly announced replacement, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk. During his address to the crowd, Vance talked about the recent decision to deploy 450 Canadian soldiers into Latvia as part of a NATO initiative to deter any Russian thoughts of expansion into the Baltic states. Then Vance

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