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Stories by Scott Taylor

Snowbird tragedy highlights need for deep dive into fleet’s future

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With this most recent crash putting the Snowbirds back in the spotlight, and the COVID-19 crisis, it may be difficult for the government to justify the needed spending to replace the aging Tutor aircraft.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Chrystia Freeland should assemble the Lima Group and recognize Barack Obama as the interim acting U.S. president until their election in November.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
In this era of 'fake news' by malign actors, we need our official sources to provide us with accurate details. In this case, DND was inexplicably off the mark.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Hopefully, Canada will cut its ties with Juan Guaidó now that his true colours have been revealed.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
One of the most common phrases uttered by civilians when they hear of such a tragedy is, 'I can’t imagine what these families must be going through.' For the military community, it's something they know all too well.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Put side-by-side, Canada’s response to the coronavirus crisis is stand up well in relation to the crap show unfolding south of the border.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The lesson the Canadian Navy can learn from the U.S. is that since we are not at war and the virus is real, the safety of our sailors must take priority over operational duties.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
By far the biggest and most dangerous source of disinformation around COVID-19 has been none other than U.S. President Donald Trump himself.
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Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Wars, by their very nature, stimulate economic activity and with the COVID-19 crisis we have the exact opposite course of action, in that we have strictly enforced idleness for all but essential workers.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
A premature, public relations optics-only deployment of the CAF is not going to help fix this broken egg called COVID-19.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
One has to hope that our international leaders will quickly realize that you cannot close the borders to a virus that is already expanded to all corners of the world.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Like the sign says in the china shop, ‘if you break it, you bought it.’ Canada did not break Iraq.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With close quarters the norm, it does not take much imagination to realize just how challenged the military would be to contain an outbreak in their ranks.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
A new exhibition at the Canadian War Museum aims to condemn those who carried out crimes against humanity in Latvia in 1941 and beyond.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Maybe an exposé would spark the call for a full parliamentary inquiry into just who was responsible for leading us into such a quagmire in Afghanistan.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Lost in the powerful emotion of hate is the fact that Omar Khadr was just 15 years old at the time he was captured by U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Much scratching of heads and commissioning of studies has yet to produce a clear strategy as to how to find the magic formula to suddenly encourage the necessary waves of women to enlist.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
As independent nations strive to define their national identity, it’s baffling they would choose to honour figures who have any association or link to Hitler.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The frightening fact is that as time marches on, the horrors of the Holocaust are being forgotten, diminished, and more and more frequently outright denied.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
How can one disassociate the American assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani with the escalated tensions and Iranian reprisals against U.S. targets in Iraq?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Let’s afford the Iranians that same level of potential martial ineptitude as the U.S., rather than jumping to the assumption that they intentionally killed off their own people.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Donald Trump’s illegal assassination of Soleimani is all the excuse we need to pull out of yet another unwinnable, senseless war.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If we wish to maintain the moral high ground to chastise brutal regimes like Beijing and Tehran, Canada needs to stop propping up one in Baghdad.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
As Justin Trudeau pointed out to Donald Trump during their discussion at the NATO summit, Canada has consistently been at the forefront of supporting the alliance.
Soldiers know the difference between heroic acts and criminal acts. Donald Trump, apparently, has the two confused.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Corporal Casey Brunelle, an Ottawa-based reservist in the Intelligence Branch, alleges that he faced reprisals and punishment from his chain of command.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
On the topic of Canadians wearing poppies to display respect for our men and women in uniform, I would whole-heartedly agree with Don Cherry that every Canadian should participate.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It would seem that we have learned nothing from our 12-year fiasco in Afghanistan. We should get the hell out of Iraq now, because Canada had no stake in this conflict in the first place.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The truth is that the highly publicized U.S. assassinations of Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have done nothing to eliminate the threat of Islamic Jihadists. 
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The threats to the recent federal election were homegrown, so who will save us from ourselves?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Given Canada’s track record of late, it’s probably for the best there weren’t any concrete foreign affairs ideas during the campaign.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
On the surface, it appears to be an open and shut case of simple betrayal on the part of the Donald. However, let’s start adding some context and modern history to the equation.

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