Future wars (11): Is planning even possible?

In a book review in Foreign Affairs, Professor Stephen Rosen, of Harvard, analyzes 'The Future of War: A History,' a new (late 2017) book by Sir Lawrence Freedman, a noted military historian. But he uses the "review" process largely as a platform to offer his own suggestions which I find to have considerable merit. After, … Continue reading Future wars (11): Is planning even possible?

Use your heads in 2019.

An opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen by Conservative insider Andrew MacDougall is worth a read in full. Mr MacDougall, a seasoned PMO "big dog" in Stephen Harper's government comes right out and accuses the PMO (Gerald Butts, Katie Purchase and Katie Telford) of knowingly and dishonestly trotting out "their No. 1 security bureaucrat to try to … Continue reading Use your heads in 2019.

Some good news for the Liberal Party

There is an interesting article, albeit a somewhat discouraging one for Conservatives, in the Hill Times, which says that polling (done before the Indian fiasco) indicates that "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal approval rating has dropped nearly 10 points since last May, but the Liberal Party of Canada has yet to take a hit, polling … Continue reading Some good news for the Liberal Party

Even more on Brexit: the UK as another Canada? What should Canada be doing?

Martin Wolf, a highly regarded financial journalist, writing in the Financial Times, says that European officials are looking Britain as being just another Canada as far as the EU is concerned. "Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator," he reports, "has explained why the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU will be similar to that in … Continue reading Even more on Brexit: the UK as another Canada? What should Canada be doing?

India deserves an apology; Canada deserves a new PM

I said, a couple of days ago, that "I sincerely hope this is the end of this matter" but it's not ... Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's India misadventures just keep on getting worse and worse for Canada. Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "[Prime Minister Trudeau's] eight-day charm offensive didn't just fail to enchant. … Continue reading India deserves an apology; Canada deserves a new PM

The foreign policy we deserve

David Mulroney is something of an expert in foreign policy. He was Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China from 2009 to 2012, prior to that he was assigned to the Privy Council Office as the Deputy Minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force and before that he was Associate Deputy Minister of … Continue reading The foreign policy we deserve

‘A modest proposal’ to address ‘a giant betrayal’

In an article on the CBC News/Politics website, Prime Minister Trudeau's (wise I think) decision to drop electoral reform unless or until there is some consensus on something other than the current First Past The Post (FPTP) system (which tends to reward the Conservatives and Liberals for being popular and to punish the Greens and the … Continue reading ‘A modest proposal’ to address ‘a giant betrayal’