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Nation Builder of the Decade: International

By: Michael Valpy

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Jan. 01, 2010 10:53PM EST
Last updated on Friday, Jan. 01, 2010 10:59PM EST

Rick Hillier’s rise through the ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces can be likened to a gale force wind. He’s been an outstanding front-line soldier; he did requisite service in the Ottawa bureaucracy; he picked the right mentors, made great connections with the Americans, got the promotions that mattered – from commanding an armoured brigade in Germany to Fort Hood, Tex., to the great Canadian ice storm, to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan and finally the top job.

Tories pondered giving envoy control over troops

Murray Brewster - Canadian Press
OTTAWA–The Tory government considered taking away day-to-day control of the Kandahar mission from the military and giving authority to direct troops in the field to Canada’s ambassador in Kabul.

The revelation comes from former chief of defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier, whose provocative new memoir is making waves in Ottawa for its scathing criticism of the bureaucracy and NATO.

Hillier on Afghanistan troop training “schemes” that “lack credibility”

by John Geddes - MacLean’s Magazine

This week’s issue of Maclean’s (on newsstands today—get ‘em while they’re hot) features Kate Fillion’s interview with Gen. Rick Hillier as the retired chief of defence staff promotes his newly published memoir A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War.

Most of the considerable controversy generated by the book swirls around Hillier’s recounting of old clashes with his political masters and the public service. But in the interview he wades none too delicately into a very current issue—the possible role for Canadian troops in Afghanistan after they are withdrawn, as promised by the government, from fighting in Kandahar in 2011.

Tories Considered Changing Control of Afghan War: Hillier

Josh Pringle - 580 CFRA News
Thursday, October 22, 2009

The former Chief of Defence Staff says the Conservative Government considered giving the authority to direct troops in Afghanistan to Canada’s ambassador in Kabul.

General Rick Hillier says in his new memoir that the government looked at taking day-to-day control of the mission in Kandahar away from the military.

Ottawa considered yanking control of Afghan war

By Murray Brewster - Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Conservative government considered taking day-to-day control of the mission in Kandahar away from the military and giving the authority to direct troops in the field to Canada’s ambassador in Kabul.

The startling revelation comes from former chief of defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier, whose provocative new memoir is making waves in Ottawa for its scathing criticism of the bureaucracy and NATO.

Ottawa mulled pulling Afghan control from military: Hillier

Canadian Press
The Harper government considered taking day-to-day control of the mission in Kandahar away from the military and giving it to Canada’s ambassador in Kabul.

The startling revelation comes from former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier, whose new memoir is making waves in Ottawa for its scathing criticism of the bureaucracy and NATO.

Former top soldier launches memoir in St. John’s

CBC News
Former general Rick Hillier told an audience in St. John’s Thursday night that the federal bureaucracy is hampering Canada’s fighting soldiers.

Hillier, who was chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Forces between 2005 and 2008, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people, as part of the book launch for his memoir.

Keep troops in Kandahar, ignore politicians: Hillier

Allan Woods - Toronto Star
OTTAWA–Pulling Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan in 2011 will leave a gaping hole in security efforts and won’t necessarily ensure the end of combat operations, former chief of defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier says.

As MPs prepare to debate the future of the country’s military mission in Afghanistan, Hillier delivered some plain-spoken advice in an interview with the Toronto Star: don’t trust the twisted rhetoric and outright lies that will surely be delivered by the Conservative government or opposition parties.

Hillier on his biggest strategic error, the Taliban, and Canada’s future in Afghanistan

A conversation with Kate Fillion - MacLeans Magazine

Gen. Rick Hillier was chief of defence staff from February 2005 to July 2008. As he explains in A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War, the Canadian Forces have long been underfunded, under-trained, underappreciated and overextended. The most visible and outspoken CDS in recent history, Hillier sought to reverse those trends while fighting a war in Afghanistan—and, as it turned out, Ottawa.

Q:In A Soldier First, you write that most Canadians do not know what the rationale behind the Afghanistan mission is. What’s the biggest misperception?

Hillier argued for Kabul, instead of Kandahar deployment: memoir

By Murray Brewster, Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada’s former top soldier says he argued to keep the troops in the relative safety of Kabul, and has rebuffed claims he was responsible for getting the country mired in the bloody battlefields of Kandahar.

The decision to send Canadian soldiers to southern Afghanistan was largely made before Rick Hillier became the country’s military commander, the former chief of defence staff says in a provocative new memoir.

 

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