Kids in a candy store ~ Canadian generals and generalship

Mark Collins ask a provocative question in his blog, The 3Ds Blog: What’s Wrong With The US Army’s Generals? Mark’s post is, really, a review of an article by US Army Major Jason Warren in Parameters, the US Army War College Quarterly, called The Centurion Mindset and the Army’s Strategic Leader Paradigm. Mark asks a good […]

Multiculturalism is a “lie”

In this video, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel very correctly, in my opinion, labels multiculturalism as a lie. “Those fleeing from war and persecution will find protection with us,” she says. Ditto for those coming to Canada, I say. “Those who found refuge and protection with us must obey our laws, values and traditions,” Ms Merkel adds. Ditto […]

Half measures

For the record, I oppose ALL western intervention in North Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia. I believe that we, previously the British and now the US-led West has done more harm than good, beginning with Sykes-Picot and extending to the current “campaign,” if that’s the right word, against Da’esh. In my opinion, most […]

A peeve

OK, maybe this isn’t the biggest thing … Maybe it’s just a little wee thing … just one old soldier’s pet peeve. But it bothers me. Military uniforms have three principle functions: Ceremonial ~ those uniforms are quite expensive; Day-to-day work in offices, in ship’s engine rooms, on workshop floors, in aircraft hangers and on […]

The next Conservative leader should be a lot like a long dead Liberal

I said, earlier, in a post about the Conservative leadership race, that we should look to Liberal Prime Minister Louis St Laurent as a “model” for our next Conservative leader … … Uncle Louis, as he was often called, not always with great affection, was, in the words of Gordon Robertson, one of the best […]

The Defence of the Realm

Canada is a vast country with important, indeed vital interests all around the globe. The Canadian Forces bear some (not all) responsibility for safeguarding our people and territory, at home and abroad and for ensuring our sovereignty over the land we claim as our own, the waters contiguous to it and the airspace over both […]

Don’t hold your breath

The Globe and Mail says, in an article headlined “Canada faces tough realities to reach Paris climate change target,” that: “Ottawa’s climate-change focus now turns to reaching a detailed national climate strategy with the provinces by early March while also moving toward a North American agreement on energy and environmental issues.” Neither will happen … some […]

The CPC Leadership Sweepstakes

Christina Blizzard, writing in the Toronto Sun, says: “She’s beautiful, fluently bilingual and well-educated. And she’s Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare. Caroline Mulroney Lapham, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is the best choice to be the new leader of the federal Conservative party, many Tory insiders believe. Like Trudeau, she has an impeccable […]

Reframing Canadian (and Conservative) politics

I don’t, normally, follow Leah McLaren in the Globe and Mail, but this column caught my attention, especially this bit: “Trump is not just a crackpot. He is forcefully and very successfully reframing the American political debate. Whatever his political future, he is winning the race to get his message out and, given the extreme […]