Modern military forces

Three of my “military heroes” are Brits who are better known for their scholarship than for the battles they actually fought: B.H. Liddell-Hart wrote, especially during the 1920s, against the old fashioned, frontal assault and advocated for the ‘indirect approach;’ J.F.C. Fuller advocated for armoured and mechanized forces and precise air attacks; and Percy Hobart,…… Continue reading Modern military forces

Mrs May’s gamble

British Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t strike many as a gambler, she was, as The Economist says, seen by most to be “an honest plodder: a safe pair of hands who kept her promises and did her homework.” But now she has broken the mould, and a promise, and she has called a general election.…… Continue reading Mrs May’s gamble

Trudeau’s Liberals: A midterm report card

John Ibbitson, a generally conservative commentator, writing in the Globe and Mail, offers a (nearly, mid term report card on Team Trudeau. Here is what he has to say about the good, the not so good, the bad and the unknown: The good, he says, includes: Mr. Trudeau came to power vowing to admit 25,000…… Continue reading Trudeau’s Liberals: A midterm report card

Canada’s back, eh?

There’s a good article in the Ottawa Citizen by Andrew MacDougall, a London-based communications consultant and one-time director of communications to former prime minister Stephen Harper, in which he says that “Justin Trudeau’s proposition to the world was the same as his pitch to Canadians: I’m not Stephen Harper … [and] … If Canadians choose me, Trudeau promised,…… Continue reading Canada’s back, eh?

Being responsible

My friend Chris Pook has posted a very interesting article on Army.ca from The Cipher Brief, a US based online newsletter. The article explains that “At a time of increasing global uncertainty, the Norwegian government is in the process of upgrading its Armed Forces – across the various services – as outlined in a Ministry…… Continue reading Being responsible

Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk

The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (Sen Daniel Lang (Conservative) YK, Chair and Senator Mobina Jaffer (Liberal) BC, Deputy Chair) has released a report entitled “Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk,” which is available on the Senate web site. The committee says that “Successive governments have failed to provide the…… Continue reading Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk

Freedom of speech

Sydney, Australia, where this blog is being written for a few more days, is seized with a controversy regarding Dr Tim Anderson, who ” lectures in economics and international politics, has sent a scathing series of tweets and social media posts over the past few days saying President Trump authorised “vanity terrorism” missile strikes in…… Continue reading Freedom of speech

Australia sets an example for Canada

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has just concluded what was, by all accounts, a partially successful and important visit to India. It was only partially successful because, as Prime Minister Turnbull concedes, a comprehensive trade deal might not be possible, in some part because “The traditions of protectionism in India run very deep,” and “Australia…… Continue reading Australia sets an example for Canada

Is United Airlines a symptom?

This image is, of course, all over the internet … … an Asian man, apparently a doctor who needed to be in another city, was (involuntarily) “chosen” to be “re-accommodated” ~ I think that’s how United Airlines’ CEO tried to explain it ~ in order to make room on an (intentionally) overbooked flight for some…… Continue reading Is United Airlines a symptom?