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  1. Agreed...it is damn tricky and a hazard to safe navigation. HMS Cornwall draws about 7 meters. Dredging operations are not what we expect in western channels or sea lanes. Hell, there are still a few old mines in this area! Operations Orders are often written from incident experience such as this. Boarding procedures will no doubt be reviewed and preventive measures taken to reduce recurrence. I fear that Cornwall's C.O. faces some hard questions regardless of the outcome. His surface plot should have managed and communicated the position of all craft, particularly any patrols from the Iranian side, and the Lynx was an extra sensor/perimeter platform.
  2. A US Navy warship may have fired warning shots, but only after certain criteria were met (ROE). Operations Orders, prior experience with harrassment, and escalation risk (e.g. torpedo/cruise missile attack as return fire) figure into such decisions. Naval operations in the littorals is different from sinking the Bismarck. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/t..._gun.jpg/250px-
  3. After the prior incident (2004?), I was surprised that the boarding wasn't executed with more care about possible harassment from Iranian patrols (common since the moderates lost power). Perhaps HMS Cornwall's skipper considered the angels flight (Lynx) to be enough of a deterrence, but detection of the Iranians on radar or visually should have caused immediate measures to alert the boarding party and egress from the anchored vessel at once. Heavy traffic could have cluttered the tracking of surface contacts by radar, but visuals from the Lynx or "Big Eyes" on the Cornwall should have alerted the Brits that something was up. Rules of engagement would clearly prevent the Cornwall from firing on the Iranian craft (not fired upon), plus, as DoP stated, Cornwall was several kilometers away. Here is a good map of the relative positions from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/6502805.stm
  4. Then it must be said that more respect is due the Loyalists of yesterday than the Leftists of today. They actually left!
  5. Diplomacy...sure...Doktor Kissinger believed in diplomacy too. Works wonders, like a steel fist in a velvet glove.
  6. I like those odds.....even China wants to crap on the K'uran...what a team!
  7. OK....we'll start with the "defence money" that ends up in Canada. Canadian unemployment dropped to 4% during the Vietnam War!
  8. Loyalists actually fled to Canada from America during the Revolution fought by General George, unlike those who didn't when Dubya won in 2004 (even after saying they would). Nope...it is not Chinese or a curse: http://www.chinasprout.com/html/column15.html
  9. As you wish....Canada can easily hide the me-too policies shadowed by the larger footprint of American foreign policy. But it's there if you look for it. Sherene Razack's "Dark Threats & White Knights - The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism" raises issues not easily explained away by "human rights" or "the Responsibility to Protect". Such rhetoric is as false as WMDs in Iraq.
  10. They couldn't even if they wanted to in most cases....insured services for CHA covered procedures is still illegal in Canada despite the SCC's ruling. Services in the US are not always better, but often much faster, even without insurance. Canadians have the right...no, duty...to wait. Buying medicine or food is an easy decision. HillaryCare was DOA in '93....not so great for '08 (either). Medical-Pharma-Insurance is about 17% of US GDP....they won't go down without a fight.
  11. The Great Turbot War....millions died.
  12. Cash and carry has always worked before in Afghanistan. The Americans had "revenge" on Germany a long time ago. The troops are still there after more than 60 years.
  13. President Carter will never shake his deplorable economic "Misery Index": http://www.miseryindex.us/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misery_index_(economics) Carter's high = 22% Current index (Bush) = 7%
  14. I could also call him President Clinton, Prime Minister Chretien, Blair, Chirac, or Schroeder (NATO's Allied Force, aka Bombs for Muslims 1999).
  15. No doubt, but he also led a fledgling America against the most powerful Empire on the planet. At the time it was considered suicidal by so called "loyalists" who fled to Canada. Broke and losing the war, alliances and financing were sought from afar. What was this George W. thinking? http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2005/01/18/...ton-050118.html What's up with the Chinese slur?
  16. Perhaps your thought was wrong from the beginning.....and that would mean the original George W....as in Washington.
  17. Canada usually grants permission after the fact as stern enforcement of sovereignty. Forgiveness is always easier to get than permission, especially from Canada. Now where did that Soviet Delta III go?
  18. And remember....cannabis is not dope....LOL!
  19. And maybe they won't...it's America's decision, not Canada's. Those European "professionals" still require an EU Passport, no? If the stupidity of patrolling and enforcing Canada's sovereignty in the North is worth votes for Grits or Tories, it is damn well good enough for Americans. LOL! Update: I see they caught another Canadian illegal trying to get into the Promised Land on a Niagara ice floe. Meanwile, back at Nunavut, a Canadian patrol sets out to police the entire Arctic to enforce sovereignty. http://tinyurl.com/33bh6s
  20. Then why didn't you say as much? All US administrations have made mistakes in providing such security (including Eisenhower's). Tell us something we don't already know. Canada is feeling the bite: In 2003, a series of disasters - the war in Iraq, SARS, BSE, West Nile virus and the eastern power outage - followed closely on the heels of 9/11. Now record fuel prices are impacting both the supply and demand sides of tourism worldwide and the dollar has soared by 31 percent. In 2004 inbound overnight travel from the United States to Canada was down 1.2 million visitors. Now Canada could face another tightening of the border. Remember just over 20 percent of US citizens hold passports.
  21. The same way Homeland Security can see it....aviation.
  22. So, you are admitting that the US position is stupid? What part of "If" do you not understand?
  23. I live 50 minutes from the CanAm border....I have "seen it" many times. Mexicans, legal or otherwise, contribute far more to the US economy than Canadians within US borders. Politically, a change must be made, regardless of the impact on cheap cigarettes or gas for Canadians. If the adopted solution proves to be stupid, then it will likely be changed...by Americans.
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