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Trump wildly overstating the U.S. military retreat from Germany

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
For a man who has repeatedly claimed to be 'the most militaristic person ever,' Donald Trump seems to have little real grasp on how this defence stuff actually works.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The sweepstakes have begun and pundits are already laying odds on who will be Canada’s next chief of the defence staff, but there is no clear-cut frontrunner from the pack of Canada’s senior officers.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
That’s right folks, as hard as it is to fathom, there is actually a monument on Canadian soil that pays tribute to Hitler’s SS troops.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The RCMP officers involved are to be commended on their poise and patience. I cannot imagine a similar peaceful surrender if someone crashed the gates of the White House.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It would be foolhardy to believe that blood payments altered in any way the failed course of the American-led war in Afghanistan.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
While Kosovo remains in a sort of international status limbo, President Hashim Thaçi has been living up to his old nickname.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Everyone knows what they are, so why the official attempt to spin the Challengers into some sort of air-ambulance, utility delivery plane?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
When a leak occurs, it is not about embarrassing the institution, it is about setting the record straight. If DND wants to prevent leaks, they need to tell the truth in a timely manner.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canada is not without racial injustice, however, the current crisis has served to illustrate that there are indeed cultural differences between Canada and our southern neighbour.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With this most recent crash putting the Snowbirds back in the spotlight, and the COVID-19 crisis, it may be difficult for the government to justify the needed spending to replace the aging Tutor aircraft.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Chrystia Freeland should assemble the Lima Group and recognize Barack Obama as the interim acting U.S. president until their election in November.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
In this era of 'fake news' by malign actors, we need our official sources to provide us with accurate details. In this case, DND was inexplicably off the mark.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Hopefully, Canada will cut its ties with Juan Guaidó now that his true colours have been revealed.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
One of the most common phrases uttered by civilians when they hear of such a tragedy is, 'I can’t imagine what these families must be going through.' For the military community, it's something they know all too well.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Put side-by-side, Canada’s response to the coronavirus crisis is stand up well in relation to the crap show unfolding south of the border.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The lesson the Canadian Navy can learn from the U.S. is that since we are not at war and the virus is real, the safety of our sailors must take priority over operational duties.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
By far the biggest and most dangerous source of disinformation around COVID-19 has been none other than U.S. President Donald Trump himself.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Wars, by their very nature, stimulate economic activity and with the COVID-19 crisis we have the exact opposite course of action, in that we have strictly enforced idleness for all but essential workers.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
A premature, public relations optics-only deployment of the CAF is not going to help fix this broken egg called COVID-19.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
One has to hope that our international leaders will quickly realize that you cannot close the borders to a virus that is already expanded to all corners of the world.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Like the sign says in the china shop, ‘if you break it, you bought it.’ Canada did not break Iraq.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With close quarters the norm, it does not take much imagination to realize just how challenged the military would be to contain an outbreak in their ranks.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
A new exhibition at the Canadian War Museum aims to condemn those who carried out crimes against humanity in Latvia in 1941 and beyond.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Maybe an exposé would spark the call for a full parliamentary inquiry into just who was responsible for leading us into such a quagmire in Afghanistan.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Lost in the powerful emotion of hate is the fact that Omar Khadr was just 15 years old at the time he was captured by U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Much scratching of heads and commissioning of studies has yet to produce a clear strategy as to how to find the magic formula to suddenly encourage the necessary waves of women to enlist.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
As independent nations strive to define their national identity, it’s baffling they would choose to honour figures who have any association or link to Hitler.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The frightening fact is that as time marches on, the horrors of the Holocaust are being forgotten, diminished, and more and more frequently outright denied.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
How can one disassociate the American assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani with the escalated tensions and Iranian reprisals against U.S. targets in Iraq?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Let’s afford the Iranians that same level of potential martial ineptitude as the U.S., rather than jumping to the assumption that they intentionally killed off their own people.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Donald Trump’s illegal assassination of Soleimani is all the excuse we need to pull out of yet another unwinnable, senseless war.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If we wish to maintain the moral high ground to chastise brutal regimes like Beijing and Tehran, Canada needs to stop propping up one in Baghdad.

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