Politics. The inescapable factor in everything involving the "whole of government". Internally, domestically, externally and internationally. Ministers, Members of Parliament from all sides, the media, the so-called pundits, our allies and our enemies all get the chance to play their politics on the what, why and how of government's proposed solutions.
Processes. Less visible, less explainable, but critically important to the execution of any plans proposed by any government. No strategy can be carried out unless the right decisions are made along the way by the actual people who make it happen. And those people are not the politicians, the media, the pundits or our allies.
The Canadian mission against Daesh has been in the public eye since it started, by design. There's those politics again. But what are the results to date? Success? Failure? Stalemate? The very public campaign promise of the Liberals to withdraw six CF-188 Hornets from the air war has come to pass. Now what comes next? The new plan will be debated on the floor of the House in the coming days. The Liberal majority makes it nothing more than a show.
Pat Stogran knows both sides all too well. Politics and processes. What has been learned from the longest combat mission in Canada's history in Afghanistan? Is there any cohesion between the past, the present and the future? We welcome back the first Veteran's Ombudsman to talk history, future, lessons learned and his new book "Rude Awakening: The Government's Secret War Against Canada's Veterans". Always a straight shooter, the Rebel Gorilla tells it like he sees it.
Tune in for the expert viewpoints of Colonel Pat Stogran (Ret) and why his first book is a must read.