Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)

A few weeks ago I commented on the long (2001 to 2014) Afghanistan campaign … one hesitates to call it a war; the Canadian Forces were, pretty clearly, at war; Canada was, equally clearly, not. It was Canada’s largest and most costly, in both blood and treasure, military operation since Korea (1950 to 1953) butContinue reading “Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)”

Resetting our foreign policy

It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s white paper on foreign policy, ‘A Foreign Policy for Canadians,’ as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way toContinue reading “Resetting our foreign policy”


Mark Joseph is an American multimedia producer (I’m not exactly sure what that means, I know what the words mean, I just don’t know how a multimedia production differs from, say, a film or a TV show), talk-show host, columnist, author and publisher, about whom I knew absolutely nothing until I stumbled upon an articleContinue reading “Divisions”

Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

The Globe and Mail‘s award-winning international affairs correspondent Doug Saunders, someone with whom I (almost equally) often disagree and agree, has penned an insightful piece in the Good Grey Globe in which he says that “Suddenly, Canada finds itself almost alone in the world, with a Liberal government realizing that its optimistic foreign policy noContinue reading “Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order”

U.S. leadership cannot be revived

Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He self describes as an independent; he left the Republican Party in reaction to Donald Trump but he says he is not a Democrat. HeContinue reading “U.S. leadership cannot be revived”

Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?

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 begContinue reading “Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?”


President Donal’s Trump’s reported remarks, made very recently when, we are told, he was wondering aloud about why America accepts immigrants from some “shithole countries” appears to have caused consternation around the world. Notwithstanding anyone’s views on the merits of his views, there are two important factors to consider, I think: Number 1, an acquaintance,Continue reading “Sh!tholes”

Is this the end of the American era?

I wondered, about four months ago, if the modern liberal era, which I said began, in earnest, in mid 19th century Britain, was over. I thought that a mix of social and fiscal problems that had allowed political liberalism to morph into 21st century social progressivism might mean that aspect one of liberalism ~ theContinue reading “Is this the end of the American era?”


A couple of weeks ago US President Donald Trump accused former US President Barack Obama of tapping his phones during the 2016 election campaign. That sort of blew over until, according to a report in the Mirror, very recently when “Donald Trump’s spokesman has sensationally suggested British spies may have colluded with Barack Obama to covertly surveilContinue reading “Nonsense”