If it’s a choice between having the cash to extend our troops beyond 2009 in Afghanistan and having the cash (as Baird claims) to pay for Kyoto. I pick Kyoto. We have done our part in Bush’s war. If we stay any longer in Afghanistan, it should be as reconstruction and rebuilding only.
Other countries need to step up to the military plate if they feel that’s the best way to continue to help that country. For Afghanistan’s sake, I hope they do not though. It has not worked in Iraq and it will not work for Afghanistan. The CBC reports that for reconstruction alone,
Canada had provided some limited humanitarian aid, usually about $10 million a year, to Afghanistan even prior to 2001. Canada re-established formal diplomatic relations with the new Afghan government on Jan. 25, 2002, and reopened the embassy in Kabul in September 2003.
At a conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo in January 2002, Canada made a major commitment to assist in the reconstruction of the war-torn country. Foreign Affairs says Afghanistan is now “the single largest recipient of Canadian bilateral aid.” So far, according to Foreign Affairs, Canada has allocated a total of $616.5 million to Afghanistan, covering 2001 to 2009.