Defence Review (18) … the 2% solution

(Yes, this really is the 18th time I have commented on the Defence Review.) In an item on the CBC News website, retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis, formerly NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, said that, “he agrees with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that non-U.S. allies need to step up to the plate and boost their militaryContinue reading “Defence Review (18) … the 2% solution”

He’s right … more for the Defence Review (17 (by my count))

Retired Vice Admiral Bruce Donaldson, the former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (the day-to-day “general manager” of the entire Department of National Defence, including the Canadian Armed Forces) is quite right when, in an article in the Globe and Mail, he describes the national defence system as “paralyzed by timid bureaucrats and politicians whoContinue reading “He’s right … more for the Defence Review (17 (by my count))”

CPC Leadership Race …

In his “On The Hill” blog, journalist David Akin reports that: “Rona Ambrose is the most popular choice for Conservative leader – even more popular than headline-grabbing candidates Kevin O’Leary and Peter MacKay.”  He cites a Mainstreet poll that suggests, in his words, that “despite the fact she’s firmly ruled out wanting the permanent gig,Continue reading “CPC Leadership Race …”

The Decline of the West … again?

In an article in The Guardian, historian and author Professor Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford) revisits old ground, including in his own book, “Free World,” in  which he argues that “at the start of the twenty-first century, the West has plunged into crisis. Europe tries to define itself in opposition to America, and America increasingly regardsContinue reading “The Decline of the West … again?”

A reminder about war … for the Defence Review

My good friend The Regimental Rogue, has given us a good reminder about war: Now, I well remember the 1960s, and the kids in the “counter-culture” were wrong … … the reason soldiers fight is, in words of the Navy’s prayer, “that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with theContinue reading “A reminder about war … for the Defence Review”

Principles or politics?

A report in the Toronto Sun says that Dr Kellie Leitch has promised that if she becomes prime minister she will recriminalize the (general) use of marijuana. I agree with Andrew Lawton, who wrote the article in the Sun that “as well-reasoned as Leitch’s objection to pot may be, from a medical point of view, withContinue reading “Principles or politics?”

Maybe, but …

There is an interesting article in the Globe and Mail about leveraging defence procurement to improve our (rather sorry) national level of innovation. The article was written by Christyn Cianfarani, president of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), so it surely comes with a quite strong point of view. On the surface theContinue reading “Maybe, but …”

Still not outraged

A couple of days ago I explained why I couldn’t work up enough fake outrage to attack Prime Minister Trudeau for holding cabinet meetings in resorts, away from Ottawa. I couldn’t even bother to be outraged by the fact that he’s less likely to be found in the House of Commons than was Stephen Harper.Continue reading “Still not outraged”

What is Abu Sayyaf?

Now that John Ridsdel, a Canadian from Calgary, has been murdered and his body further desecrated, it will be, should be “normal” for Canadians to demand that the government “do something.” It is, after all, what I have done, twice. But do what and against whom? There is a good article in the Ottawa Citizen, tellingContinue reading “What is Abu Sayyaf?”