March 31st, 2010
09:28 PM ET

Around the Web: Secretary Clinton in Canada

The Canadian media has reports on a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who’s in Quebec for a meeting of G8 foreign ministers - and her comments on Tuesday that the U.S. would like Canada to extend their mission in Afghanistan.

"It's up to Canada to decide how you deploy your forces," Clinton told the CBC’s “The Hour.”

"But I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're happy about it because … that wouldn't be telling you the truth. We'd love to have Canada stay in this fight with us. But again, you know, you've got your own considerations and we respect that."

The Globe and Mail reports Clinton “stoked a political fire under the issue of Canada's planned 2011 withdrawal from Afghanistan when the Secretary of State told a national TV audience that the U.S. would like Canadian troops to extend their stay in the war-torn country.”

“[Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper] is reported to have told Ms. Clinton during a meeting Tuesday that Canada's military mission will end as scheduled next year, even as G8 foreign ministers affirmed their desire to stay the course in Afghanistan.”

The Vancouver Sun quotes Harper speaking to the House of Commons:

"The government's position could not be clearer,” Harper said according to the Sun. “Whether we get asked about it this week or last week or next week, we passed a motion in this Parliament in 2008 and Canada's military mission in Afghanistan will end in 2011. We will continue (after that) with a mission on governance, on development and on humanitarian assistance."

Some other news reports and perspectives:

- Laura King (Los Angeles Times): “Afghan militant Hekmatyar packs a surprise

- C.J. Chivers (New York Times): “Afghan marksmen: Forget the fables

- Greg Zoroya (USA Today): “VA uncertain of long-range health costs” 

- Thomas Friedman (New York Times): “This time we really mean it

- Con Coughlin (Wall Street Journal): “The U.S. timetable isn’t right for Afghanistan

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. MILLARB

    Kevin that is the dummest comment I have heard in a long time

    April 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Sorry Kevin, but I believe the French have not had anything to do with Canada since they lost it to the British in 1763, and Canada has been independent from Britain since 1867.

    Also - I believe Canada has done the "right thing" for the 8 years that Canadian troops have fought and died (143 to date) in Afghanistan.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Im sorry, by ommision it seems I could easily be understood. I am not condoning Obamas continued agression in Afghanistan or the fact that he keeps increasing troops. Its time we withdraw our troops from around the world and stop any use of troops in Haiti and other places.

    If we can not fly our flag because we may be seen as an "occupying force", then we are not wanted or needed. Yes it is BS. If we remove ours all others should too. Of course we look like we are occupying Haiti. We have 10 times the people, food, money and help there than most countries combined...but of course we are still the bad guys...

    April 16, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    Well personally I like most Canadiens but lets not fool ourselves. The French were primarily responsible for settling Canada and lets not forget how much we can count on FRANCE to do the right thing.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Troy Renko

    Interesting article, I've bookmarked it to read again. This site was really a worthwhile find.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason, Fort Carson

    Atleast Canada sticks to their time frames. We seem to have a problem with that here lately. To have a stable government is to have one that can adapt to problems and at the same time stick to the time frames it puts out. Too many times have we said "Mission Accomplished" or "We are going to pull troops out now". It never seems to happen that way... Ron Paul for President.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    How disgusting! It seems like Hilary Clinton will go miles out her way to get more people killed.Has she no compassion at all? Just let Canada do the right thing and get it's troops out of Afghanistan and hopefully other countries may follow.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. A. Smith, Oregon

    President Obama has previously announced a US Military draw down to pull its troops out of Afghanistan starting July 2011.

    And Hillary Clinton is disappointed Canada is pulling out in 2011? Something is obviously missing.

    Gates after visiting Afghanistan felt the 2011 time line was adequate and there is still several months of pouring more troops into Afghanistan for the Kandahar battle in a couple months.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |