This story caught my attention. A report in the England-based newspaper The Independent from yesterday claims that the US is seeking sole control of the NATO Afghanistan mission against the Taliban:
The Bush administration is pushing for sweeping changes to the military command structure in Afghanistan, so that the head of international forces would report directly to US Central Command instead of Nato…The Independent has learnt that the proposal to streamline the complex chain of command, enabling US General David McKiernan to be answerable to superiors at Centcom in Tampa, Florida, rather than Nato, is before Robert Gates, the American Defence Secretary…Any move to make the Afghan war an American-run operation would be controversial in some Nato countries. There is already public disquiet in countries such as Italy, Germany and Canada over the conflict.
So I guess my question I’d be asking Defence Minister Peter MacKay or PM Harper if I was in a position to do would be:
a) Do they confirm or deny this report in the Independent?
b) if the story is true, and he is aware of these proposed changes, what is the Canadian government’s position on this proposed change to have the Afghanistan mission run directly from Washington?