I have been highly critical, since the early days of this blog, of the way the New Veterans Charter was introduced, calling it immoral. But I have tried to be careful about not agreeing that only the pre-2005 situation is "fair" or "good." Recently some veterans have gone after the new minister, Seamus O'Regan, with … Continue reading Seamus O’Regan responds
ABC News (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that the United States has sent a carrier battle group from the US 3rd Fleet into the South China Seas. The article quotes Captain Doug Verissimo, captain of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as saying ""It shows resolve, and gives decision space to our leaders."" … Continue reading American resolve on display
I have been saying, for a long time, since before I started this blog, that I think that Xi Jinping sees himself as a transformative leader, à la Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong. I wasn't sure how he might manage that under the Chinese constitution and I guessed that he might, like Deng, allow the office … Continue reading Xi Jinping forever?
David Akin, reporting for Global News, says that "Indian government officials believe that the problem of Sikh extremism in Canada is a lot bigger than the Canadian government thinks it is." That's important because Mr Akin, a season, trusted journalist is saying Indian government officials, not Indian journalists of Canadian commentators. He adds, this time … Continue reading More on Trudeau in India and Indian influence in Canadian politics
There is a very useful article in Foreign Affairs by Professor Mara Karlin which is headlined: "Israel's Coming War With Hezbollah ~ A New Conflict May Be Inevitable." Professor Karin asserts that "Another war between Israel and Hezbollah is almost inevitable. Although neither side wants a conflict now, the shifting balance of power in the Levant … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey (40): Israel’s Coming War With Hezbollah
Well, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a lot of global publicity last week ... not much of it good. Even the staid Financial Times, which rarely stoops to deal in gossip or scandal, had to report that "Justin Trudeau’s troubled trip to India ran into further trouble on Thursday after it emerged that a man … Continue reading Someone is “just not ready”
Edward Luce, the Financial Times chief US correspondent, has written an article about Donald Trump that bears repeating. It is headlined: "Why Donald Trump will never escape Russia ~ The US president is being outplayed by special investigator Mueller’s chess moves." But the issue of Mr Mueller's legal skills and tactics are, relatively, unimportant, as is … Continue reading Trump and Russia, combined, are a significant threat to the West