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Brace yourselves. In a move that could send chills down the spine of every member of ISIS, it's been revealed that Canada is 'considering' expanding its war effort to Syria and, gasp, Libya too.
Libya? That's that place that Gaddafi guy used to run. We bombed the hell out of him three or four years ago. It was "mission accomplished" all around. We even had a victory flypast over Ottawa brought to you by the ever-triumphalist Harper government.
I know we won because Steve and Mrs. Steve and Peter MacKay and that Army guy and Steve's ceremonial valet all gathered on the front steps of the Centre Block to bask in the glory of our great victory.
Except it turns out that the Canadian Armed Forces, under Steve's management, proclaim victory a lot more than they achieve it. But how were they to know that, by dragging out the air war in Libya by a staggering 161-days, they would leave the place in a state of chaos just perfect for al Qaeda and, eventually, ISIS to get established in North Africa.
So now we're tossing the idea around of another grand victory in Libya, Syria too, in an expansion of "our" war against ISIS. I know because our newly minted Defence Minister, the oh so martial Jason Kenny, said as much to CBC's Evan Soloman.
Not only that but our Closet Clausewitz says there's 2,000 other countries ready to stand up with us.
"Obviously there are practical limits to our ability to operate around the world, but we will look at our options to see where we can have the most impact, where we're most needed," he said. "That requires ongoing consultation with our allies. We don't just decide these things unilaterally."
"Obviously we're in Iraq at the invitation of that government in a mission of, I think, over 2,000 countries being coordinated by the United States. If we can help meaningfully in the fight against ISIL elsewhere we'll give that consideration," the minister said.
Jason, this one is for the luxury lawn furniture set and the Caribbean cruise. Name 500 of those 2,000 countries and their capitals. (psst - don't tell Wiki. they think there's only 206 countries, the damned fools.)
Yes, Jason, you hit it on the head when you pointed out that, "there are practical limits to our ability to operate around the world." Your government has slashed our defence budget to levels not seen in generations. You have given Canada a navy smaller than at any time since prior to WWII. Our aircraft and helicopters are old and worn out. When we do go to defend the Baltics or bring the Hammers of Hell down on the heads of ISIS, we send a paltry six-pack of CF-18s because it's all we can afford. There are practical limits and your government's neglect has been setting most of them.