Originally Posted by VANRIDERFAN
To be fair to the US, WWI started as an European Imperial war. Why would a republic across the ocean get involved? Canada OTOH was still basically a colony of empire and we were engaged weather we wanted to or not.
In WWII the US would have just taken on Japan if Hitler had not declared war on the US after Pearl Harbor.
Lots of real politik in action here.
On another note I have grave concerns about the state of our Navy and Air Force if Leslies becomes Defence Minister and is allowed to implement his proposals for Defence reorganization.
I am just pointing out, we can hash out the details of a single ship, and how it points to cowardice - but at the same time ignore the fact that the US enters war entirely on it's own benefit. Which it is free to do, just as Canada is free to withdrawl troops if that's what the public decides.
I find this argument regarding withdrawing troops very curious.
In this case we are ending a (kinda) combat mission that was enacted under the previous government, without any direct input from the opinion of the public. Rather they used their majority in the Parliament to decide this. Nothing wrong with that, we voted in Harper with a majority, so we get what we get.
Now, we have just finished a federal election, one in which the party who won, ran on the fact they would do what they are saying they would do.
So here, we have a pretty good idea where the Canadian public stands on this (kinda) combat mission. A solid 40% of Canada decided they wanted out of this fight with ISIL, or at least they couldn't give two shits one way or the other, or enough to vote for the other guy.
How is this part of the "BS" thread? I might agree if JT had done an about face and gone back on his word. But here, he is doing what people voted him in to do.