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Bruce Monkhouse said:So these friends of yours have multiple tours under their belts,...cause most of the people you are arguing poorly with have.
Combat tours are in no way a substitute for public and foreign policy decisions. It's like saying you have to be a director or have made a film to critique a movie. As to the above comments regarding architects, doctors etc. that question is dubious at best. As a fellow member of the CF I am merely pointing out valid criticisms, which frankly aren't so controversial at this point. People outside of the military can be competent or qualified to comment on the conduct of battle because the results of that battle effect them. That's the missing point here. By looking only to how competently conduct a battle, one gets tunnel vision and doesn't see the whole picture. That's why we have different levels of command in the military, and that's why we have a civilian controlled (thank goodness) military. They have every right to comment on how we conduct battle because we represent Canada, them, and we are civil servants in a sense. If you think they are such "fools", instead of antagonizing them by demeaning them and calling them misinformed, how about we start informing them instead? Throwing your hands up in the air and declaring them to be idiots won't solve anything, and will only make us look even worse in their eyes.
Start to understand that their concerns are valid. That is what I did, I say that their concerns are valid and I now attempt to combat them with my own opinions regarding what we should or should not be doing (within my experiences of course). You're not going to win over anyone by calling them fools.
As to what I personally believe is right? Well, I look at it this way now. The public wants us out. The Canadian Forces is a tool of the government, and thus the public. All parties currently in Canada want us out by at least 2011. So with that in regards, I think, to use a cliche, "the people have spoken". So, as it is my job to do, as it is everyones, I will carry out my duty respectfully and to the greatest of my abilities.