They're pulling up the tent pegs on Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, slated to end in July, 2011.

But some critics are looking down the road at what comes next, and finding a big question mark. They say the government is leading from the rear, without taking the time for a wide-ranging debate on how – and even when – the troops should leave. They worry that the most important reasons for Canada's participation in the lengthy war may be left behind.

"The military is doing what it's been asked to do, preparing to go," says Douglas Bland, a professor of political...

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