Only the ideologically twisted would deny Ronald Reagan his due. He was a wildly successful president, accomplishing a remarkable amount of his agenda.
Although a good number of Canadians seem to agree with his new position on Afghanistan, the chattering classes have been hammering Jack Layton. As it happens, I myself have some reservations about immediately pulling out Canadian forces from Afghanistan, although I increasingly believe it's now a quagmire on the road to becoming a Vietnam or Iraq-like debacle.
(First in a three-part series) Africa is a mess and it's not going to get better any time soon. That's the awful truth that's so hard to face or to state publicly for those of us who have had a long, intimate relationship with the continent.
Mine has lasted for almost 45 years. But from the very start, my experiences in Africa began conflicting with my hopes, indicating trouble afoot, foretelling that our utopian dreams were going to lead to crushing disappointments.