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Stories by Scott Taylor

‘Taliban Jack’ was right all along

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Critics scoffed in 2006 when then-NDP leader Jack Layton said we should try negotiating with the Taliban. Thirteen years later, that’s exactly what the Americans are doing.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The lawyer for the former second-in-command of the military says the alleged use of code names to thwart document searches about him is ‘like a spider’s web.’
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canadian Brig.-Gen. Jay Janzen and I agree on that, at least. But who decides what’s credible is another question.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
An al-Qaeda leader’s death should also prompt introspection about the Western world’s role in propping up a corrupt Afghanistan regime.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Ukraine’s embrace of a nationalist hero with Nazi connections doesn't show the type of Canadian values our military trainers were sent to defend.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Following the U.S. president’s decision to have American troops leave Syria, Canada ought to do the same for its military personnel in Iraq. We have no skin in the game.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If one Canadian Armed Forces witness is right, the former vice-chief of defence staff’s case could point to a dangerous circumvention of access-to-information rules in DND.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Russian president upsets the West when he takes territory abroad or interferes with elections or conflicts in other countries, but the U.S. and its allies have been doing these things for years.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The battle to save Afghanistan has yet to be fought and the Taliban remain a very clear and present danger.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It would be foolhardy for NATO to heed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s request for warships to escalate the tension in the Sea of Azov.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Last week’s AG report notes: 'The department stated that it needed more qualified technicians and pilots, not more fighter aircraft.' Yet, the government is buying 25 used fighter jets.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Canada’s decision not to join another British military mission in Turkey in 1922 was arguably a more significant formative event.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If more historical focus were directed at messier chapters in Canada’s past, it would be easier to understand similar failures by today’s governments.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The poor understanding of Canadian players including ex-MP and ambassador Chris Alexander is why Canada’s role ought to be investigated.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The continued sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to the Saudi regime illustrates the federal government’s hypocrisy.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Gen. Abdul Raziq’s own guards could not protect him from being gunned down in broad daylight by the Taliban inside the governor’s heavily protected compound.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
There are political and domestic economic reasons for Canada to get its hands dirty in an ongoing UN mission.
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.
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.

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