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November 08, 2005

Some observations on things military.

This has been around before... A lot of staff officers will relate. There are, *I think* some new ones in here. Regardless, the old ones are *still* funny.

In other news:

Canadian to lead hunt for Afghan insurgents Edmonton-based general commands 2,200 Canadians, 4,000 from allied forces Matthew Fisher The Ottawa Citizen

Monday, November 07, 2005
Brig.-Gen. David Fraser is preparing his troops for high-risk, high-altitude duty in Afghanistan's remote mountains.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A Canadian general is to take command early next year of all coalition forces hunting Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents in the treacherous mountainous terrain of southern Afghanistan.

Brig.-Gen. David Fraser, currently based in Edmonton, is to replace an American commander. He will oversee 2,200 Canadian troops being deployed to Kandahar, an elite fighting brigade that will include more than 4,000 U.S., British, Dutch and Australian troops, and warplanes from the U.S., Britain and the Netherlands.

When you read this, and think, "Yeah, so?" just remember the Canadians *are* playing with us in the GWOT, this frees up US troops for Iraq, and represents about 15% of Canadian combat strength. Just a few years ago, it would have represented about 25% of Canadian combat strength, and would have been almost unsupportable for them logistically. They have expanded their capacity not as a favor to us, but because they recognized how badly they had slipped. Yes, they have a long way to go. Yes, they have queer ideas and wear funny hats. And yes, most of 'em are our friends. Moreso than even their Southron-hating elites realize, I think. Just as our liberal elites are always surprised at how many people out there don't think like they do. Read the whole thing here: Canadians Militant.

Hat tip, CAPT H, Bureau of Agitprop, Canadian Forces! (He's my handler)

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Morehead City, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2005) – Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) load an M1A1 Abrams tank onto a U.S. Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) for transport to the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall is part of Expeditionary Strike Group Eight (ESG-8), which left Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., to on load the 22nd MEU before departing on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terror. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Laura A. Moore

It's just purty, ain't it?