CFN – Once again we have the Defence Department making a decision that leaves most fair minded Canadians shaking their heads. It seems the brain trust at DND has decided that while our embassy staff and ambassador require soldiers to protect them in Kabul, the soldiers don’t merit danger pay?
This DND decision also ignores the increasing level of violence that is being seen in the Afghan capital, a city in which westerners are often targeted. If it’s such an easy task and there is no danger involved why are highly trained troops even required? How many other Canadian embassies have similar security arrangements to the one we require in Afghanistan?
This decision follows on the heels of a couple of other bad ones that forced the minister to step in and over rule his departmental officials. For example, Minister Nicholson had to reverse the decision to make families of soldiers who died in Afghanistan pay their own way to attend the commemorative ceremony in Ottawa on May 9th. He also had to apologize for a one-cent cheque sent to the mother of a veteran who died.
Who makes these bone-headed decisions? Why are they being allowed to continue?
Anyone who has been in the military knows that no one individual signs off on such decisions. There is an approval process in place that usually requires someone higher up the chain to sign off and quite often several signatures are required. My question is who in headquarters signed off on all of the above decisions?
Equally important, who in the minister’s office is vetting decisions that are almost certainly guaranteed to get the government into political hot water? Inquiring minds want to know.