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Stories by Scott Taylor

Canadian troops do a lot around the world, but achieve very little

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
None of five overseas missions they’re currently committed to or deployed on has a clear-cut or attainable goal.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Canadian Armed Forces recently loosened limits on beards, citing the need to improve morale and attract more recruits.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The idea that Canada’s military sacrifice in U.S.-led missions brings Canada benefits in other parts of the relationship rings hollow, NAFTA talks show.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Not just because costly ceremonies raise taxpayers’ eyebrows—they can also celebrate misplaced victory, as in the case of Canada’s Libya mission.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The life of the founder of Afghanistan’s militant Haqqani network says a lot about the messy distinction between those perceived to be fighting for good and bad.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Training more Iraqis to kill in the name of a corrupt regime is insane.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s forces have been pummelled in Iraq and Syria. And the group’s claimed responsibility for attacks in Canada hasn't been proven.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
More knew about it when Canadians were fighting in Afghanistan up to 2014, but that's likely because 158 died there.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The feds should bite the bullet and contract General Dynamics to build a light armoured vehicle fleet for the Canadian military instead.
News|By Scott Taylor
Loosening the restrictions on what counts as military spending could both soothe Donald Trump and ruffled veteran feathers.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Afghan government welcomed ex-warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum back to Kabul last month with open arms.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canadian and U.S. involvement in conflicts in the last couple decades proves neither has a clean record, yet the West is quick to chastise Russia for its misdeeds.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Our soldiers can teach recruits drills and weapons handling, but there is no way we can make them willing to die for a corrupt regime.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were reported to have been exposed to the same nerve agent as a Russian double agent and his daughter in March.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Justin Trudeau’s message at the NATO summit next week needs to reflect the reality of Ukraine’s growing trend of far-right violence.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Canadian government is considering shipping a supply of weapons to Ukraine.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The latest call for sleeping bags comes after a camo mix-up in Afghanistan and a lack of flak jackets in the ‘90s.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
We ought to pack up our soldiers there before our good intentions do any more harm to the region.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
No Ukrainian official has yet been able to explain how faking Arkady Babchenko’s death could possibly save him from future attacks.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The book’s subtitle implies that somehow one conventional clash with the Taliban 12 years ago saved Afghanistan. It didn’t.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It’s not worth spending an arbitrary percentage of our GDP to prove our commitment to NATO. The blood and gold we expended in Afghanistan should have more than proven our resolve.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If we are in it, it should be to win it. Otherwise it is just senseless political posturing to curry favour at the UN.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
We say our military is protecting Canadian values. In that case, we need to tell Ukraine and Latvia that glorifying the perpetrators of the Holocaust is not a Canadian value.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If the Toronto killer had yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the rampage, one can bet it would have been labelled terrorism.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Asking Western leaders to show proof supporting their allegations doesn’t make you an ‘Assad apologist’ or a ‘Russian propagandist.’
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
On the verge of a battlefield victory, why would Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be so stupid as to employ the one weapon that almost guarantees the condemnation of the world?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Syria’s president never asked them to deploy, and the U.S. hasn’t formally declared war with any country since the Second World War.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canada and other Western countries should review their own military records before casting a barrage of stones Russia’s way.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It’s not likely to be as dangerous as Afghanistan or Vietnam. But the question remains: what do Canada and the UN hope to achieve?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Any smart Russian agent wouldn’t use a Russian-produced nerve agent to off someone. This isn’t James Bond.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With Canadian soldiers deployed to the Baltic country, Canada ought to speak out against the March 16 parades there remembering soldiers who fought with the Nazis.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The chief of defence staff said a band playing in the back of the plane was ‘team-building and ‘not a party’ but ‘a mission.’ That’s a lame excuse.

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