Wow, my boss the Minister of Defense is in a Pentagon news piece and he’s making it pretty explicit, if there was any doubt, that we’re done with Afghanistan in 2011.

“By 2011, Canadian will have been in Afghanistan for 10 years,” he said, adding that Canadian troops are without the restrictions that limit how some contributing countries’ forces operate. “We plan to continue combat operations until mid-summer of 2011.”

It was nice of Secretary Gates to say kind things not only about our involvement in Afghanistan but also about how Canada managed the Winter Olympics, especially considering how men’s hockey turned out for his guys. If you want a more objective perspective on how the Afghan mission is going and you really want to get into weeds, try this.

I’m sure there’s a funny caption for this picture, which appeared in the US DOD press piece, but I’m too tired to think of it. Thoughts?