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Stories by Scott Taylor

Liberal lip service to peacekeeping didn’t live up to election pledge

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.
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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.
The Armed Forces has clearly defined guidelines on how weapons should be carried on parade—and they need to followed.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The stories of Omar Khadr, a Lebanese mechanic who fixed trucks for ISIS, and a U.S. soldier who allegedly killed Iraqi civilians are all getting very different treatment.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If the true rule of the jungle is that ‘might is right,’ then let’s start being honest with ourselves and quit the hypocritical moral posturing.
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.
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.

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