Monday, September 14, 2009

Canada-US Relations

The following is an American's view and appreciation of the good relations between Canada and the United States of America.

One American's View - David Meadows is a retired US Navy Captain and the
Author of numerous books and articles on military subjects.

This message was on the USMilitary.Com website.

It appears that Mr. Meadows knows one helluva lot more about what our
Military is doing than most Canadians.

David Meadows ~ April 27, 2006

On April 22, 2006 four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a
Roadside bomb. Respects and heartfelt sadness go to the families of
Those heroes who stand alongside the U.S. In the Long War half a world
Away. While we focus on the war in Iraq, the fighting continues in
Afghanistan where side-by-side the U.S. And one of its most loyal
Allies, Canada, engage the re-emergence of the Taliban.

Canada is like a close uncle who constantly argues, badgers and
Complains about what you are doing, but when help is truly needed, you
Can't keep him away: he's right there alongside you. We have a unique
Relationship with Canada. We have different political positions on many
Issues, but our unique friendship has weathered world wars, global
Crises, and the ever-so-often neighborhood disagreement.

Canada has been with us since the beginning of the Global War on
Terrorism. In February 2006, without fanfare Canada, leading a
Multinational force combating growing Taliban insurgency, increased
Troop strength in Afghanistan to 2,300. With the American military
Stretched thin against rising instability in both Iraq and Afghanistan,
An ally that increases its troop strength is inspiring and deserves our

Katrina was another example of our close family-like relationship.
Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005.
Two days later, the Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Team rushed from
British Columbia, Canada to Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana. In this
Parish of 68,000 Americans, the first responders were Canadians.
Overall, within the devastated Gulf Coast area, it appears Canada was
The first responder outside of local efforts. They worked 18-hour days,
Going door-to-door alongside Louisiana State Troopers, rescuing 119
Americans. While FEMA ramped up to surge into the catastrophe; while the
Administration and Louisiana fought for the politically correct way to
Respond; Canadian aid was already at work.

The Canadian Forces Joint Task Group 306 consisting of the warships
HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Toronto, NSMC Ville de Quebec, and CCGC William
Alexander sailed to the Gulf Coast to deliver humanitarian supplies.
They stayed, working alongside U.S. Navy and Mexican warships, to
Provide aid to Katrina victims. Katrina was not an anomaly of our close
Relationship. When Hurricane Ivan devastated Pensacola, Florida in
October 2004 Canadian humanitarian help was there also. Canadian power
Trucks roamed the streets and countryside helping restore electricity
Where Americans had a unique experience of running into workmen who only
Spoke French.

Canada took a lot of undeserved flak for failing to leap into Operation
Iraqi Freedom when our administration sent us galloping across the
Desert. But Canada remains one of our staunchest allies in the war.
When United States military forces were fighting up the highways in
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Canada quietly increased troop numbers in
Afghanistan and continued Naval operations with U.S. Warships in the
Persian Gulf.

I was at the Pentagon on 9/11, stationed on the Joint Staff.
During the early hours after the attack, the United States closed its
Air space and ordered every aircraft within our borders to land
Immediately at the nearest airfield. Canada immediately stood up an
Operations Support Post. With civil aviation grounded, aircraft destined
For the United States were forced elsewhere. Most landed in Canada.
Re-routed travelers and flight crews were hosted at Canadian Forces
Facilities in Goose Bay, Gander, and Stephenville, Newfoundland;
Halifax, Shearwater, and Aldershot, Nova Scotia; Winnipeg, Manitoba;and
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Canada rapidly mobilized its forces. Within hours, the Canadian Navy was
On alert with ships preparing to cast off immediately for any U.S. Port
To help victims of the 9/11 attacks. Canada's Disaster Assistance
Response Team prepared to deploy from Trenton, Ontario. Canada dispersed
CF-18 fighter aircraft to strategic locations throughout Canada. No
Politics. No negotiating. No questions. They were just there. Canada
Would have fought any adversary that approached the United States that

Canada has been such an integral partner with the United States in the
Global War on Terrorism that on December 7, 2004 when President Bush
Awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to Commander Joint Force South
For combat success in Afghanistan, he was also recognizing the secretive
Canadian Joint Task Force 2 commando counter-terrorism unit.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 30 Bronze Star medals for
Heroism in combat to Canadian Forces personnel. Some of those 30 died in
action. Many of the others were wounded. These Canadians earned this
American medal for heroism fighting alongside Americans. When we recall
our own dead heroes, we must remember that these warriors gave their
lives not only for Canada, but also for the United States.

Canada is more than a neighbor. It is a close family member with the
gumption to disagree with its brother to the south but always be there
when disaster strikes and America needs help. For that, I salute you,
Canada, and extend my respect for the sacrifices given by members of the
Canadian Forces. What an awesome Country you are Canada!