No, Canada!

The Coalition Forces

Here’s a page on the Combined Joint Task Force 7 site listing the other nations who have contributed troops.

At this time, 35 countries, in addition to the United States, have contributed a total of approximately 22,000 troops to ongoing stability operations in Iraq. These 34 are Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Thailand, the Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

(Emphasis mine.) What’s with the inconsistency? “35 countries, in addition to the United States” becomes “These 34 are”?

The problem, of course, is Canada. (No, I didn’t mean it that way!) But someone tossed them on the list when it just isn’t true. You’ll notice that they aren’t in the lists below to click on to get details.


I did not include the Canadian flag in my little animations. Also, check out Greyhawk’s thoughts on those important former allies that aren’t in Iraq with us.

Canada is in Afghanistan, and from what I gather the Canadians there are doing a fine job. But they aren’t in Iraq, and I don’t expect them soon. First, because although tensions may be softening slightly, they remain pretty solidly opposed to our operations there. Secondly, the Canadian military has pretty much atrophied and with troops in Afghanistan they don’t have a whole lot left to offer.

I’ve said before that we need to work our differences out with them. If that means compromising on some issues (gasp!) I think we need to do what we need to do. I’d be much more willing to work with Canada than France, for instance. Or even Germany. And the fact that we share the continent with Canada means that if we don’t compromise with them (and Mexico), we may be compromising ourselves.

For a number of pictures of the memorial services for the Canadian soldier killed earlier in the week in Afghanistan, and the suicide attack that took place during the service, check out the January 27 and 28 Army Times photo galleries.


  1. Well came across your web site and so far have enjoyed your comments about everything. But the one on Canada and everyone else in the states, that looks to the north that this country (Canada) was and is unsupportive of the operation and war in Iraq. Well so were should I begin on this?? You are correct in some aspects, we do have troops in Afghanistan, we are stretched thin with this commitment, but we also have a large amount of troops spread over several various NATO or UN commitments. One such place is the Balkans, we have been there since 1992, and we do have a large task force there, aprrox 1800 troops. But let’s get back to the support, does everyone in the states forget that Canada was one of the first to support the States in the war against terrorism! We were there in Afghanistan to support the hunt for Osama. Was it not the States that have recommended the bronze star to several Canadian troops(Snipers) for there bravery in saving US GI’s even after the mistaken bombing of our troops by your planes during a training ex, that killed 8 Canadian solders. Now for the other killer here, did everyone forget that Canada has a task force in the Persian Gulf, before, during and after the war in Iraq! Did everyone forget that we have ships there, enforcing the blockage of the Gulf to supply Iraq and that we commanded the task force with US naval ships under our command. Just because Canada did not send 7000 troops or 100 troops to Iraq, because our government stood up for what it believed was the right thing. We were not going to follow blindly or submit tingly against a war that with all records coming out is not against WMD, but a personal vendetta to ride the world of a person that you helped put into power. That Canada is forgotten or purposely left out of contracts or hated by the States. I for one find how quickly the state forgets anything we have helped with or supported in the past and only dwells on the current issues. Just my two cents worth, people who read this can flame me, but then again the price of freedom is I can make my comments and not be shot

  2. Don: No insult to Canada was intended. My post was pointing out the inaccuracy in a CJTF7 web page that listed Canada as a nation who had contributed troops to Iraq. I wrote very clearly that the US needs to come to terms with Canada, and that doing so will involve compromises. (On both sides.) If you search my site for ‘Canada’ and read everything I’ve written about our neighbors to the north, you will quickly find that I strongly believe that Canada is an important ally in this war and that we will have trouble succeeding in the long run without them. The same cannot be said for France, or even for Germany. I don’t think anyone is dismissing Canada the same way that many are dismissing France, Germany, and Russia. First of all, we are aware of the Canadian support given and sacrifices made in other recent operations, as you’ve pointed out. Also, I think that, for all of our differences, Canadians and Americans are basically the same types of people. By and large, we believe in, and hope for, the same things. Our governments are going about things in a different way, of course, but the differences are mostly cosmetic when compared to many of the other Western nations. I think that we’ve become accustomed to our relative autonomy in North America, and that we should use that to our mutual advantage. Thanks for reading.

  3. Actually, Canada did have some forces in Iraq, at least in the beginning, they were there serving in american military units on an exchange program. Of course, them being sent to Iraq with the americans made parts of the canadian government get all upset, but you can’t win ’em all, eh?