I have read wonderful news today in the final paragraph in your newspaper, Monday, January 11, 2021, edition article “US throws support behind Guyana over Venezuela’s new border claim”, on page 2, that US Admiral Craig Faller is in Guyana for 2 days discussing US and Guyana security partnership.
I welcome this news personally, as I myself, was a former military officer (lieutenant) in the Canadian Armed Forces regular force component, for a ten-year period (July 1985 to Sep 1995), and having studied and passed the National and International Studies Course, 1 of 5 mandatory courses taken through the Canadian Armed Forces Officer Professional Development Program (OPDP), and had gotten quite familiar with Canada’s Defense Strategy as they were in relation to its (and NATO’s) international obligations in this hemisphere, wherein Guyana lies, and to be put at ease by the choice of the US Administration in deploying Mr Craig Faller, as opposed to any other Commander, since he is one that is most fit and proper for that job, in my humble opinion, and I must make special mention of him in my letter to you, Editor.
I strongly believe he was ideally chosen due to his background, as he has a Master’s in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning), and had commanded two very important Operations when he had deployed to the Middle East supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq, to strengthen democracy there, and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, which were great successes in the annals of US military history, and is very seasoned. Guyana is indeed very fortunate to have such an outstanding US Officer “visit” its shore on January 11, 2021.
I congratulate the Ali Administration, and in particular Mr Carl Greenidge, in taking the Venezuelan threat to such an escalating position, and to commence getting into the relevant mode, and undertaking grappling discussions with such a “Military Yankee” and strongman Admiral Faller.
It is great news for me to have learned that our Commander of the GDF is so pro-active.
M Shabeer Zafar