The foundation (2)

I apologize in advance for a rather lengthy post and for the fact that it deals with some quite arcane details of military management, administration and organization, but, in my opinion, those things matter. A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about the important of "junior leadership" in the military, especially, but, by … Continue reading The foundation (2)

Playing bumper cars?

Despite warning from China to not test its claims of sovereignty in the South China Seas, which were just renewed, days ago, some factions in the US  which, reportedly chafed at President Obama's low key reaction to Chinese claims about the South China Sea are emboldened by the arrival of President Trump. Now, according to … Continue reading Playing bumper cars?

That ‘Big Tent,’ again … and why Erin O’Toole is the right choice

There is an interesting article in iPolirics by Alan Freeman, who became an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs after serving in the Department of Finance as assistant deputy minister of consultations and communications. He was no fan of Prime Minister Harper nor is he of the … Continue reading That ‘Big Tent,’ again … and why Erin O’Toole is the right choice

Swimming against the current

BZ (that's the naval flag hoist used to signal "well done") to Team Trudeau, especially to Foreign Minister (formerly Trade Minister) Chrystia Freeland because, against the odds, the Globe and Mail reports, the European Parliament in Strasbourg has approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and "Phase-in of the vast majority of the deal’s benefits, … Continue reading Swimming against the current

Border Security (3)

A couple of weeks ago I suggested that Canada should be a lot more like Australia when it comes to border security, including stating, in law, that one is not "in Canada" and subject to all the rights available under our Charter just because one's feet are on Canadian soil. To be "in Canada," I … Continue reading Border Security (3)

Making a right choice

A few days ago I commented on the exit of Michael Flynn from his briefly held post of US National Security Advisor. I'm belabouring this issue because: The post is important to the whole world, especially to the US led West and, therefore, important to Canada; and The prospect of making a bad choice is … Continue reading Making a right choice

The Trump Effect (2)

I have, for the past few weeks, speculated about the Trump Effect, especially that part related to military burden sharing. It was all very well for NATO’s Secretary General (its allied civilian leader) Jens Stoltenberg to remind President Trump about how readily Europe rallied to America after 9/11 but that was 15+ years ago and … Continue reading The Trump Effect (2)