Overthrowing Taliban was a mistake, says former Canadian commander

“We thought, naively, that regime change was the solution to the problem,” Fraser told The Canadian Press in an interview to mark the 10th anniversary of the Canadian combat deployment into Kandahar.

No one, back then, seemed to appreciate how profound the power vacuum was and that the West had “created for ourselves a 30- or 40-year problem” in not only Afghanistan, he said, but throughout the Middle East.

Next time use Nukes.

  • AmicusC

    How come this can say use nukes but I get a comment removed saying the Europeans need to start using bullets

    • Minicapt

      Whose site is this?


  • Shebel

    “We thought, naively, that regime change was the solution to the problem,”

    Whom is WE ?
    Am I,
    A WE ?
    I am not a WE because YOU don’t speak —
    For ME.
    YOU ,naively thought , that regime change was the solution to WHAT problem?

    Your ignorance and stupidity are enhanced by your desire to make WE , share in your idiocy.
    WE do NOT.

    • FactsWillOut


    • Alain

      Exactly! As long as Islam was allowed to remain there was never any possibility of a democracy, much less a liberal democracy. Ignoring that vital part was amazing.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Afghanistan should have been invaded, all the Taliban leaders killed and the Islam banned and the country ruled by western military governors for for the next 100 years.

    • DMB

      Banning Islam is the easy part. The hard part is convincing them that Islam has only brought them harm.

    • Alain

      While I agree I have to say that would have been impossible with the terrorist state of Pakistan next door. I have always believed that we should have gone in and bombed the hell out of them and left. Every time any of them tried another attack on the West, repeat the operation until they get the message. Remaining there with the naive idea that we can bring them civilisation, freedom and democracy was never possible.

  • Blacksmith

    ” Next time use nukes” That would rectify the problem as long as the nukes are big enough and there are enough of them. I bet it would be easier for the world to get some value out of the desert after it was turned to glass.

  • FactsWillOut

    Harper helped bomb Libya back to the 7th century, and condemned Assad.
    Now Trudeau is inviting the riff raff in faster than even Harper.
    When it comes to Muzz, both are on the same side.

  • vimy

    “I didn’t like the Taliban regime, but why did we go there in the first place? It was because of Al Qaeda. Not because of the Taliban.”

    But the Taliban allowed them to operate from their territory that’s why we took them out.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    It wasn’t a “mistake”; it just wasn’t finished. To defeat a group like the Taliban or ISIS you don’t just “overthrow them” and strip them of immediate governmental power; you terminate every last damn one of them with extreme prejudice. If I was capable of understanding the total-annihilation principle when my apartment was infested with cockroaches, then surely a member of the military should as well.

  • mitchel44

    Sorry, but this is a military guy expressing a political opinion. His experience and knowledge means zilch on matters of national policy.

    He gets orders to execute, and he does that, or if you prefer to think of it this way,