While Washington is ‘debating’ what to do about Russia’s intervention on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria, Canada’s newly elected Liberal government has made its first foreign policy announcement: the Royal Canadian Air Force is done bombing ISIS. The RCAF’s F/A-18s are being withdrawn from the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, fulfilling a campaign promise the young Prime Minister-elect Justin (son of Pierre) Trudeau made to his supporters. Instead of sending bombs to the Middle East the fresh-faced Trudeau wants to send more aid for Syrian refugees.
The freshly elected Trudeau government has also announced that it’s dumping Canada’s participation in the bloated, failing F-35 Lightning II multi-role, multi-national ‘stealth’ fighter jet program. For anyone who has closely followed the Guerrilla’s rantings on this subject, they would know the F-35 is an overpriced piece of garbage that can’t outfight much less outmaneuver 1970s designed F-16s in test piloted mock battles. As we joked with our American/Canadian source Tuesday night, maybe the Quebecois can rally for the French Rafale. Or if the Canadians want the most bang for their buck, buy Su-30MKIs with Indian and Israeli electronics to replace those 1980s/early 90s vintage Hornets, and lots of constituencies in Toronto will be happy…
While we said early Tuesday morning that we doubted foreign policy played much a role in the neocon, Russia-bashing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s defeat, we do have to wonder if our hunch that Chinese influence played a role in Harper’s downfall was correct. Alternatively, perhaps the retired Canadian military men who were advising Trudeau’s camp know a half-assed, phoney war on ISIS when they see it, and wanted no part of Canadian pilots risking their lives in nearly 25+ year old jets for it. If so, bravo to them, and God bless Canada.