We don't have to train soldiers for the Afghan National Army in Afghanistan. It's safer, easier, and probably cheaper to train them right here in Canada. Look at it this way, if we can thoroughly train our own soldiers at Canadian bases for combat in Afghanistan, we can do precisely the same for Afghan recruits. The Canadian Forces have decades of highly successful experience training foreign soldiers in Canada. There's nothing new to this.
Why not run basic infantry, mechanized infantry, artillery and logistics training at a couple of our splendid Canadian facilities? Instead of pumping mountains of money on supporting a training operation in Afghanistan, let's invest that money in a training operation in our own country. Think of it as real stimulus spending.
Would you rather pay the cost of flying a couple of thousand Afghan recruits to and from Canada or fly hundreds of Canadian trainers into harm's way to train these same recruits in Afghanistan? They don't have to get their entire training in Canada but we can teach them most of what they'll need to know without Canadian instructors being exposed to IEDs, suicide bombers and Taliban ambushes.