“The parliamentary motion directs that it will be the end of the military mission in July of 2011. I mean those are the words that are there.”
MacKay said Natynczyk’s interpretation of Parliament’s instructions to withdraw from Kandhar was “reflective of what everyone from the prime minister on down views as those instructions.”
But MacKay was unclear on what direction the mission would take after 2011 and whether it would involve regions of the country outside of Kandahar.
“The military mission is changing. It is obviously transitioning at 2011 to emphasis on reconstruction, development, things that we are doing now but we’ll be able to do more,” he said.
“And clearly, there is discussion as to how this is going to take place. We’re tasked with that now.”
Translation: we’re preparing to pull the stuff we have in Afghanistan out, but we’re still sorting out if we might need them again.
Still we wait…