“We are in a very dangerous time, we have an election coming up and they [the Taliban] know we have a rotation going on and that we are close to the 100 [killed] number which will provoke re-examination” of the mission at home.
. . . in the minds of Western voters, the Taliban are increasingly regarded as more potent, more powerful, more credible.
There are only about 33 million Canadians. There are only 87,000 active-duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Canadian national will is under the same types of attack as American national will, from the same or kindred sources. IF Prime Minister Harper manages to retain power and maintain his Army in Central Asia, how he does it will be worthy of American study.