So, a day ago, I saw this on CBC News: "CN Rail is working to clean up an oil leak after nearly 40 train cars carrying crude oil derailed near a village in western Manitoba early Saturday morning ... [the report says that] ... CN crews are responding to the derailment, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday … Continue reading The Trudeau train wreck
This is the fifth of five of my 'thoughts' on diverse strategic issues in the first 10 days of 2019. Well, one was related to the state of democracy in Canada, that's not exactly a matter of great strategic import but it should be of concern to some of us. Look at these maps, please: … Continue reading Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?
The question in the title assumes, of course, that, like me, readers might believe that America has, somehow, fallen or been displaced and needs restoration ... some readers, some of whom are my friends, I presume, actually think that America is being restored, to greatness, right now, under President Donald Trump. Some of us beg … Continue reading Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?
So, the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires has ended but, as Elizabeth Saunders reported in a piece that was published on the Brookings Institution's web page, it "was overshadowed by other news. But ... [she added] ... there wasn’t much to overshadow anyway." The problem, she explains, is that "Getting the world’s democracies to agree … Continue reading The Group of X (AKA the committee to save the world)
I was just re-watching a talk by now US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, given to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, back in 2015, after he had retired from the United States Marine Corps and before he joined the Trump cabinet. In it, at about 44'30" he said, he would offer just four … Continue reading The four dangerous Ds
A few days ago I noted that Australia has announced that it will not sign the United Nation's new Global Compact on Migration because, the Australian government said, "the final draft of the compact said that migration detention should only be used “as a measure of last resort” and states should work towards alternatives ... [but] ... After failing … Continue reading Canada needs to reverse course
A recent report by the Commission on the National Defense Strategy, which is a panel charged by the United States Congress with making recommendations based upon its (the commission's) analysis related to the published (by the administration) National Defence Strategy, and to the larger geopolitical environment in which that strategy must be executed, says that … Continue reading Restoring the military balance