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Canada can handle being ‘slightly delinquent’ on NATO contributions

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
As Justin Trudeau pointed out to Donald Trump during their discussion at the NATO summit, Canada has consistently been at the forefront of supporting the alliance.
Soldiers know the difference between heroic acts and criminal acts. Donald Trump, apparently, has the two confused.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Corporal Casey Brunelle, an Ottawa-based reservist in the Intelligence Branch, alleges that he faced reprisals and punishment from his chain of command.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
On the topic of Canadians wearing poppies to display respect for our men and women in uniform, I would whole-heartedly agree with Don Cherry that every Canadian should participate.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It would seem that we have learned nothing from our 12-year fiasco in Afghanistan. We should get the hell out of Iraq now, because Canada had no stake in this conflict in the first place.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The truth is that the highly publicized U.S. assassinations of Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have done nothing to eliminate the threat of Islamic Jihadists. 
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The threats to the recent federal election were homegrown, so who will save us from ourselves?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Given Canada’s track record of late, it’s probably for the best there weren’t any concrete foreign affairs ideas during the campaign.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
On the surface, it appears to be an open and shut case of simple betrayal on the part of the Donald. However, let’s start adding some context and modern history to the equation.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Regardless of which party gets into power on Oct. 21, expect that we will continue to support the forward deployment in Latvia, the training mission in Ukraine, and the two separate contingents we have in Iraq.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
While U.S. President Trump appears to have failed in his attempt to 'solicit interference,' the transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian president has certainly revealed his true character.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canada has no dog in this fight, but everyone on the planet will have a stake in the outcome of the latest Middle East proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Despite Trump’s campaign promise to end the war, there are currently more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than when Barack Obama left office.
The Aug. 21 dedication of a Ukrainian monument shouldn’t be given the appearance of official sanction by having Canadian soldiers commemorate those who collaborated with Hitler’s Nazis.
News|By Scott Taylor
One of the bigger questions we should be asking is why did it take a newspaper reporter endangering himself in order to surface the truth about these neo-Nazis?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Any downward trend is to be commended, but at 302, the number of reported sexual misconduct incidents in a single year seems alarmingly high.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Forbidding members from displaying symbolic tattoos will prevent future embarrassment for the institution, but it does not remove the criminals or white supremacists from the military.
After a four-year term, Canada under the Liberals will be back to contributing zilch to the UN, while we continue to deploy considerable forces on U.S.- or NATO-led military adventures.
Feature|By Scott Taylor
The Chinese wanted to make the point that terrorists had in fact hit them hard, and thus they are justified in taking strong measures to reduce future threats, but provided few straight answers on a curated media tour.
The Aug. 17 ceremony to rededicate the Kandahar cenotaph at the Department of National Defence Headquarters will be a sad commemoration of lives lost in a war we could never win.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I have to question why foreign state actors—like Iran and Russia—would expend such energy creating ‘sock-puppets’ to fabricate the impression that U.S. President Donald Trump is a dangerous moron.
In a combat situation, calling someone a ‘victim’ and someone else their ‘murderer’ is difficult rationale to understand.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Looking beyond a cenotaph, if Canada really wanted to honour the soldiers, we would conduct a full parliamentary inquiry into how we were drawn into an unwinnable war.
The simple truth of the Wynnyk story is that he followed an existing policy and stretched the rules without breaking them. If he had to make any sacrifice to his lifestyle, this was purely due to his own personal choice.
Feature|By Scott Taylor
When the NATO mission was first proposed, and Canada agreed to command it, there was no actual objective stated. It was simply a 12-month commitment of resources and money. Now that's become 24 months with no final goal.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Even if Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is found guilty, the U.S. Justice Department is reportedly already preparing a possible pardon for Donald Trump’s approval.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I understand the operational necessity of having our fighter aircraft stationed in northern outposts. However, the question begs, do our pilots and their families need to be permanently based there?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
To be blunt, the only thing that outweighs the absurdity of the official White House statement on the new travel restrictions is the hypocrisy.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
In two recent instances of media requests for comment, Irving Shipbuilding overreacted and behaved like a schoolyard bully instead of simply providing requested information to the government.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Beechwood National Memorial Centre is the final resting place of 27 Afghanistan veterans, the highest concentration of fallen warriors from that conflict in any Canadian cemetery.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The root causes of the ongoing violent strife in Iraq will not be rectified by training thousands more young Iraqi males how to kill.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Former Maple Leafs player Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams denied the accusations against him.

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