Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Is China Challenging?

There is an excellent article in The Economist headlined: "Tortoise v hare, Is China challenging the United States for global leadership? Xi Jinping talks of a “China solution”, without specifying what that means." The article makes the important point that "AS DONALD TRUMP prepares to welcome Xi Jinping next week for the two men’s first face-to-face encounter, … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Is China Challenging?

Another thing from Sir Basil Liddell-Hart

There is a whole hockey sock full of strategic tools available to the politicians before they "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war." There are fiscal, trade, foreign and even domestic policies that might "serve the purposes" as well as the military ... but an efficient and effective military is an important tool, … Continue reading Another thing from Sir Basil Liddell-Hart

The big misunderstanding

I am one of those who believe, very firmly, that "secret intelligence" ought to be an extraordinarily secretive business. Thus I believe that one-sided opinion pieces, like the one in a (weeks old) video on the Globe and Mail's website do more harm than good.  Yes, the "five eyes" exists and has since World War II; yes, … Continue reading The big misunderstanding

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