Canadian Lt. Gen. Charlie Bouchard will command the NATO military campaign over Libya, CNN has confirmed.
I am PROUD of my country and the international stand against this regime. I pray that God protect all the innocent victims of this madman and that he guide and make true every bomb, or missle fired in defence of these civilians. Any soldier that fires on a civilian is no longer a soldier and no longer deserves to wear that distinction of honour. I thank all of our armed forces for your sacrifices to ensure our freedoms. We as Canadians need to support and invest in our armed forces so we can do our part in the world to help police these people that abuse position and power. The U.S.A. and the UK should not always carry the load.
Its about time America's allies do their share in fighting. Eh (Ay)
FYI, Herb. Canadian soldiers (about 2,500, if I remember) have been in Afghanistan fighting alongside Americans for about 10 years.
Herb you dope.. Canada has been helping us forever. They have been invaluable in Afghanistan and beyond.
And more than 100 Canadian Forces personal have lost their lives there as well
@ John E, watch it with the name calling @ Herbert I think he is saying we as Americans are tired of always being the ones to save the day. I on the other hand do feel all should come to the aid of ppl seeking their freedom. Just take a minute to try an think about what the other person is trying to say.
I am truely amazed at some of the comments on this page. If only some of you took a brief history lesson you'd know that the concept of "peacekeeping" is credited to a Canadian!!! Lester Pearson (former Prime Minister of Canada) won a Nobel Peace Prize for coming up with the idea of an international peacekeeping force! So I am truly glad that a Canadian is in charge – we know what we're doing!
P.S... Go Leafs!
Canada was in WWI and WWII *years* before the US and has incurred the same (proportional to population) level of casualties as the US in Afghanistan. Americans were enlisting in Canadian armed forces in WWi and WWII before the US got involved, while the Canadians were already fighting.
Based on most of the comments on here it almost sounds like the Canadian Armed Forces itself is leading the offensive. Let's get it straight, NATO is leading the offensive, with a NATO commander, who happens to be Canadian. Not unlike many operations in Afghanistan, with alternating commanders from different nations. Probably because the US doesn't want anymore heat from the Arab world and its other foreign policy critics, not to mention domestically, for leading an attack on yet another sovereign country. The director of Nato, and former PM of Denmark was on CNN the other night and seemed very reluctant to admit the NATO commander was American, and now just a day later they've changed it to a Canadian. America, once the star actor wants to get off the stage, but make no mistake, it will be the behind the scenes director of this one. Smart move.
Has anyone seen ANY discussion of this switch from the U.S. Admiral, who was expected to lead NATO once they took control, to the Canadian commander? Seems odd that there wouldn't be some buzz about it...
If you follow the chain of command within NATO, you will see that Admiral James Stavridis is the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Then Admiral Samuel Locklear III is the Commander of Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples. Next, is Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, and he will likely have a number of subordinate commanders for other task forces depending on the requirements.
Let us not forget that Lt. Gen Bouchard is also, amongst other thing, an officer of the United States Legion of Merit...and quite fully bilingual in French and English. An excellent choice by NATO.
Yah banasy!!! #1
John, we are all aware of Canada's contributions to the war effort in the years past...that doesn't mean the US can't give that country a shout out from time to time, so I will say again:
I heard numerous times that when NATO took control, it would be the Supreme Commander, a U.S. Admiral, in charge. What happened??
Admiral Stavridis (US Navy)is still the SACEUR, and Lt. Gen. Bouchard is the Deputy Commander of JFC Naples. This is the normal chain of command for the Allied Command Operations at NATO.
Wow with all these blogs only this one does the. Canadians comment on
Nah, Canadians blog on all of them...most people don't feel the need to state which country they live in, though.
Thank you our Canadian friends.
Its about time! Us Canadians are killers. First Lybia, then the world!
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