Virtue signalling vs operational reality

So, with a major UN peacekeeping summit coming up in Vancouver and the Trudeau regime still uncertain about how, if at all, to contribute, we cannot be blamed for wondering about the government’s priorities. But Michael Grant, Canadian Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, gives us a hint with this very recent…… Continue reading Virtue signalling vs operational reality

A vital military truth

This … … is an absolutely vital military truth. Sadly it is equally “scarcely appreciated today” as it was in 1926 when Fuller proposed it (in his book The Foundations of the Science of War). This is, perhaps, the origin of the popular modern term “force multiplier” except, perhaps that great leaders from Julius Caesar…… Continue reading A vital military truth

Where’s the beef?

In keeping with the (just for now) governing Liberal Party of Canada norms, and American marketing guru Elmer Wheeler’s dictum, the Canadian Army serves up a fair bit of sizzle … even as there is less and less steak every day. The Canadian Army’s public affairs people have released a somewhat breathless announcement on social media saying…… Continue reading Where’s the beef?

Don’t read too much into this …

A Global National news report is headlined “Justin Trudeau booed and heckled at young workers’ summit in Ottawa.” Some young people at an event where the Prime Minister “engaged” with them booed, heckled and turned their backs on him while he spoke. Now it was a young crowd with, most likely, a very leftish slant on things…… Continue reading Don’t read too much into this …

Canada and China, and vital interests, and the global strategic environment

Sorry, I’m still on about China: further to my recent comments, yesterday, and a few days ago, especially my suggestion that Canada should “engage with China in friendly (but not allied), and especially free(er) trading, relationships ~ China is not our enemy, it is, simply, a competitor in many markets, including the marketplace of ideas…… Continue reading Canada and China, and vital interests, and the global strategic environment

Everyman (again) on China (again)

I may be accused of rattling on too much about China, but in a recent social media post Ian Bremmer, founder and President of the Eurasia Group, said: “It’s a particularly unfortunate coincidence that the US has the weakest leader in recent history at the same time China has the strongest.” I think that is…… Continue reading Everyman (again) on China (again)

We pay, again, for Liberals’ abuse of civil rights

CTV News reports that “The federal government has paid a total of $31.3 million in settlements to three men wrongfully accused of links to terrorism and tortured in a Syrian prison.” I have no doubt that the three, Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin, were abused and tortured in Syrian jails; I have…… Continue reading We pay, again, for Liberals’ abuse of civil rights

Climate change? Of course, but …

Allan Châtenay, who is President of the seismic data company Explor, takes issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in an open letter (an e-mail, actually) that he shared on social media. It is a bit long but it is well worth reading and considering: (sent via email 21-Oct-2017) Dear Prime…… Continue reading Climate change? Of course, but …

Saint Crispin’s Day

It is 602 years since King Henry V of England, at the head of a small army (certainly less than 10,000 soldiers ~ most likely about 7,500) faced a HUGE French force (most likely 30,000 to 40,000) commander by Charles d’Albert, the Constable of France and a noted, veteran soldier in his own right, at…… Continue reading Saint Crispin’s Day