Five more dead and one question: Can the Afghan mission be saved?So asks John Ibbitson in a column on the front page of this morning's Globe.
More specifically he asks, " Is the Kandahar commitment turning into a failure, or can it still be rescued?"
My answer is Yes and No.
Yes, it is a failure and No it cannot be rescued.
And please do not confuse honoring the dead with questioning the assignment.
One hundred and forty Canadians have died now on this mission and the latest deaths of four soldiers and a journalist are dreadful.
No doubt there have been a few small triumphs on the ground in Afghanistan. No doubt, the Canadian forces have become clearer and stronger.
But this engagement has been doomed from the beginning.
If, in fact, we are to leave next year, it can't be soon enough.