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Beards and bare legs: This is no longer your grandfather’s military

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I dare say that it is a slippery slope once you start making allowances to accommodate individual tastes in an institution whose core value is disciplined conformity.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
There have been a few wins, but over the past seven decades, NATO has had a less-than-stellar record as a purveyor of world peace.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The multi-million-dollar settlement the government paid to Khadr ignited valid howls of outrage, but what’s the dollar value of the lost youth of a 15-year-old boy soldier?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With Canada condemning the annual parade, hopefully it will follow through on its commitment to see a more ‘inclusive Latvia.’
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Quebec engineering company’s desire to gain lucrative contracts in Gaddafi’s Libya led to the fraud and corruption charges it sought to have dealt with through a deferred prosecution agreement.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Both cases begin with information being leaked to the media and stem from allegations that major corporations tried to use political clout to find favour with the Trudeau government.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Despite Jody Wilson-Raybould’s courage, it’s incredible that everyone involved in this saga seems to have lost sight of the elephant in the room.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Whatever the reality, this is not something Canada should be entering into with the same old shop-worn cliché that we are doing this for the Venezuelan people.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
That can impact foreign policy. How else can one explain allowing our allies to stage parades and name streets after perpetrators of the worst crime against humanity?
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.
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.

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