oracle2380 This is where I'll refer back to the comparison between the U.S. and Canada in the 20th century, especially post-WWII. Canada for the most part ties its military operations to the U.N. and NATO. If you take a look at some of the unilateral decisions made by the government in military matters, you will also find heavy public opinion pushing for restraint, limitations, and a quick endpoint. We didn't do more than provide support in Iraq in large part due to public pressure. We're withdrawing from Afghanistan in large part due to public pressure. While many Canadians supported the Afghanistan mission in principle, criticism abounds in terms of the operations and when they were to end. Historically, Canadians view themselves as peacekeepers, not peacemakers. Afghanistan is rare in terms of the function of the mission, the magnitude, and the duration, which is why it was high on our radar. We support things like Kosovo and Bosnia, and we wish more was done in Rwanda. However, when it comes to situations that fall out of the purview of the U.N. and NATO, we get restless, we get critical, we sometimes get angry. We don't have this same issue of empire that America does. We view our military not as a force to be reckoned with, but as a force to ensure the safekeeping and security of those who need it. If you look at much of what our military does, it's just that: security, infrastructure, support, etc. And it's not just because our budget is a fraction of America's. We can fight when we want to, and we've proved it on a number of occasions. The difference is in our respective national identities. We view the world differently. We want to be represented differently. Is Canada perfect? No. Am I more comfortable with what we do compared to what America does? Hell yes. The same goes for several other nations with similar mandates regarding their military, many of whom Canada works with on a regular basis. That includes America. However, America often goes it alone, and when they do, I always hope Canada keeps its distance. I, for the record, am glad we didn't go into Iraq as we did in Afghanistan. It was the Coalition of the Willing. Canadians simply weren't willing.