Military education and training

There is a very interesting and thought-provoking essay by a blogger I follow carefully, Angry Staff Officer, which asks, “Is the Army’s Professional Military Education System Broken?” The short answer, in so far as Canada is concerned, is “Yes!” To make matters worse it has been “broken” since it was established in 1968. The Angry Staff…… Continue reading Military education and training

More on ships: Project Resolve “unveiling”

Yesterday was a big day for Chantier Davie in Quebec. The company invited the public, and, presumably, a gaggle of admirals and officials (but, one suspects, very few Liberal politicians were there), to an “unveiling” of the new supply and refuelling ship (AOR in naval parlance) Asterix. Now I’m (very slightly) familiar with “laying the keel,”…… Continue reading More on ships: Project Resolve “unveiling”

If you can’t take the heat, etc.

So, it appears, from a tweet that she posted on 18 July … … that Minister of the Environment & Climate Change Catherine McKenna (my constituency MP here in Ottawa Centre I hasten to add) thinks that CPC MPs and, presumably, people like me who broadcast our distaste for the Omar Khadr payoff, are, somehow,…… Continue reading If you can’t take the heat, etc.

A good team

So, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer has announced his House of Commons leadership team: It’s a good team: Quebec lieutenant Alain Rayes, Alberta MP Chris Warkentin as deputy House leader, BC’s Mark Strahl as Whip, the indefatigable Manitoba MP Candice Bergen remains as House leader, and Maritimer (but Ontario MP) Lisa Raitt is the Deputy Leader…… Continue reading A good team

Lies, damned lies and politics

Two recent stories, both on CBC News, caught my eye: First: Alicia Wanless, who is the Director of Strategic Communications at The SecDev Foundation, wrote a very informative article about Russian propaganda which aims to wage “an invisible battle for hearts and minds will be happening back at home … The goal [of which is…… Continue reading Lies, damned lies and politics

New faces

There’s an interesting column by Rick Bell in the Calgary Sun that contrasts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer. Mr Scheer says that  “Growing up, his mom was a nurse. His dad worked for a newspaper. These jobs are far from glamorous … [and] … The family didn’t have a car. Scheer took the bus.…… Continue reading New faces

Sometimes you just fight the good fight, even if you’re likely to lose

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, on Global News, regarding the $10.5 Million payoff to Omar Khadr, ““I can understand Canadians’ concerns about the settlement. In fact, I share those concerns about the money; that’s why we settled. If we had continued to fight this, not only would we have inevitably lost, but estimates range from…… Continue reading Sometimes you just fight the good fight, even if you’re likely to lose

Don’t sweat the small stuff

A couple of days ago I said that “The Khadr payoff seems like a good issue with which to do both [instil “buyers’ remorse” into voters who supported Justin Trudeau while, at the same time, uniting the Conservative supporters], especially when harnessed with e.g. Cash for access; Doubts about free(er) trade with China; and Broken economic promises.” I…… Continue reading Don’t sweat the small stuff

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Israel and Europe ~ relations are (surprisingly) strong

There is a very informative article in Foreign Affairs By Toby Greene and Jonathan Rynhold entitled: “Where Israel and Europe Go From Here ~ Why Economic and Strategic Cooperation Have Never Been Better.” After explaining that “In the period since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election in 2009, figures on the Israeli center and left have tended to speak…… Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Israel and Europe ~ relations are (surprisingly) strong

Ships (yet again) ~ this time Irving’s AOPS progress

There is some progress on ships other than Davie’s Project Resolve. Irving Shipbuilding is in the process of marrying up the three sections of the soon-to-be HMCS Harry DeWolfe … pictures are from various social media feeds: I have some (very personal) doubts about the utility of this class as warships and I have expressed…… Continue reading Ships (yet again) ~ this time Irving’s AOPS progress