The arguments over our military mission in Afghanistan — peacekeeping and peacemaking vs. war, operating under U.S. command vs. partnering with NATO allies, etc., etc. — are really about something much larger. By cozying up to the U.S., more specifically, to an administration that's arguably the worst in modern history, and certainly the most unpopular in the world, Ottawa is sacrificing our independence and, more crucially, Canada's good name abroad.

Either to protect our bilateral trade or as a reflection of a profound ideological shift carried out by stealth, Ottawa has changed policy in ways unimaginable under Jean Chrétien. "The trend...

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