Good Luck, Eh: Newly Elected Ottawa Government Pulling Canada Out of Washington's '60 Nation' 'Anti-ISIS Coalition'

While Washington is 'debating' what to do about Russia's intervention on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria, Canada's newly elected Liberal government has made its first foreign policy announcement: the Royal Canadian Air Force is done bombing ISIS. The RCAF's F/A-18s are being withdrawn from the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, fulfilling a campaign promise the young Prime Minister-elect Justin (son of Pierre) Trudeau made to his supporters. Instead of sending bombs to the Middle East the fresh-faced Trudeau wants to send more aid for Syrian refugees.[embed][/embed]

The freshly elected Trudeau government has also announced that it's dumping Canada's participation in the bloated, failing F-35 Lightning II multi-role, multi-national 'stealth' fighter jet program. For anyone who has closely followed the Guerrilla's rantings on this subject, they would know the F-35 is an overpriced piece of garbage that can't outfight much less outmaneuver 1970s designed F-16s in test piloted mock battles. As we joked with our American/Canadian source Tuesday night, maybe the Quebecois can rally for the French Rafale. Or if the Canadians want the most bang for their buck, buy Su-30MKIs with Indian and Israeli electronics to replace those 1980s/early 90s vintage Hornets, and lots of constituencies in Toronto will be happy...

While we said early Tuesday morning that we doubted foreign policy played much a role in the neocon, Russia-bashing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's defeat, we do have to wonder if our hunch that Chinese influence played a role in Harper's downfall was correct. Alternatively, perhaps the retired Canadian military men who were advising Trudeau's camp know a half-assed, phoney war on ISIS when they see it, and wanted no part of Canadian pilots risking their lives in nearly 25+ year old jets for it. If so, bravo to them, and God bless Canada.