His reply is much too important to deal with in the comments section.
He commented in italics and I have responded in bold:
While it's fine to oppose operations like this you could at least try to be accurate. The Canadian air force in Libya definitely did fire shots. By the end of August they had been involved in a disproportionate number of the air strikes (over 700) and the Navy had been involved in at least two battles with Libyan ships. I believe it was the first time since the Korean war Canadian warships actually fought.
Yes you are right, I checked on the internet and found a National Post article which confirms your comment. Like most Canadians I rarely read the National Post (and never buy it). The National Post which is the official paper on the Canadian Tea Party essentially prints government press releases.
So while our Air Force did fly over 700 missions, it is not like they were having dog fights with Messerschmidts or MIGs.
And please remember.... it was Libya. We beat Libya.
And while Canada's mission in Afghanistan was not an unmitigated success Canadian troops definitely did not get their butts kicked. They held the most dangerous province of Afghanistan for over five years.
If you support Canadian troops at least acknowledge what they have accomplished.
If you call living in a fortified camp and going out in heavily armed convoys holding the most dangerous province in Afghanistan, you are welcome to your opinion.
Canada only joins a list of countries who have failed to conquer Afghanistan including Britain, the USSR and most recently the US who are also getting their butts kicked.
And I support our Canadian troops. It is their leaders I am a little disgusted with.
Personally I'm ambivalent about our participation in the Libyan intervention as I agree with you that things might not have been this bad if the west hadn't cozied up to Gaddafi for the last few years. On the other hand I also see it as the U.N. doing what it was actually designed to do: provide a mechanism for nations to deal with state's like Libya.
When we start invading every dictatorship whether or not they have oil and whether or not they treat our corporations nicely I will support this type of action.