Monday, January 21, 2008

Canada to Robert Gates: Suck It

The illustrious Vigilante has a fantastic post on the recent remarks of Robert Gates, our defense secretary. His comments were, "I'm worried we're deploying NATO advisors that are not properly trained and I'm worried we have some military forces that don't know how to do counterinsurgency operations. . . Most of the European forces, NATO forces, are not trained in counterinsurgency; they were trained for the Fulda Gap."

The Brits, the Dutch and--on behalf of Canada--the Toronto Star quite rightly and eloquently told Gates to shove his comments up his Fulda Gap.



Vigilante said...

Exactly which part of your back would you want me to start scratching, E., because I want to get around to all of it! (Thanks for scratching mine!)

Geoff said...


If our boys were to take lessons from the American book on counterinsurgency... well.

I don't think I need to go much further with that.

Gates was remarkably silly to have commented on other nations' capabilities, that much is clear. I'm prepared to let it slide just this once though. It's about as tacky as Canada complaining about the US's failure to ratify the Kyoto accord, when in fact the US is light-years ahead of our own country when it comes to environmental initiatives.