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Afghanistan a failed war, 17 years after declaring victory

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.
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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.
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.

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