Generally speaking …

Last week, Professor Stephen Saideman, who is the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University and also the Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network and, therefore, someone whose views on military matters and, especially, the issue of civilian control of the military, matter, was quite critical of President-elect Biden’s decision to appointContinue reading “Generally speaking …”

We need to get Canada up off its knees

Terry Glavin, writing in MacLean’s magazine, says that “With Beijing’s most determined allies decisively crushed by a democratic alliance in Hong Kong’s district elections over the weekend, at least somebody’s putting up some kind of a fight against Xi Jinping’s increasingly savage aggression and belligerence. Because it certainly isn’t Canada.” He reminds us, as IContinue reading “We need to get Canada up off its knees”

Time to cut the FAT!

I have said before, again and again, in fact, that the Canadian Forces’ command and control, superstructure is beyond fat or even bloated, it is, in my professional opinion, so morbidly obese as to be dangerous to our national defence. We have so many underemployed admirals and generals sitting in too many headquarters that doContinue reading “Time to cut the FAT!”

The German dilemma

I, and many others, have been worrying about the fate of the liberal international order, which I would argue began 202 years ago when, on June 18th 1815 the Duke of Welllington defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo. I suppose that most people don’t, automatically, associate Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington with liberal valuesContinue reading “The German dilemma”

The least that’s needed

A few days ago I commented on an article by Professor Elinor Sloan entitled “Why peacekeeping needs bigger guns in 2016.” Prof Sloan began her article by quoting from the UN’s under-secretary-general for peacekeeping who, on being asked by some US senators what the UN needed for its missions replied: “attack helicopters.” The article provokedContinue reading “The least that’s needed”

The new cold war

Two things caught my eye over the past couple of days: First, from The Dispatch, an article by Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Mike Day, who was commander of  Joint Task Force Two ( JTF 2) and, later, of Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command, entitled “NATO and Canada’s national Interests;” and Second, from the Globe and Mail, an articleContinue reading “The new cold war”

First year, mid-term results

David Akin, writing in the Toronto Sun, provides a “mid-term” report card on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some of his ministers. He gives the PM (and PMO) an A+ for style and process, and I agree. But because of some real weakness of policy he lowers the overall grade to a B, which isContinue reading “First year, mid-term results”

Some things the Defence Review might consider (8): Good words from a trusted source

I have rattled on, possibly too long, about the problems that I see in National Defence and how I fear that the Defence Review will not (not be allowed to?) address them. Now my friend, retired Brigadier General Jim Cox, writing in the Vimy Report, has provided an excellent foundation from which you can considerContinue reading “Some things the Defence Review might consider (8): Good words from a trusted source”

More on foreign policy (and naiveté)

Campbell Clark has written an excellent article in the Globe and Mail which I am quoting, below, under the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act in the interests of furthering discussion and debate on the issue: Liberals try to forge new foreign policy path but end up in a familiar place SUBSCRIBERS ONLYContinue reading “More on foreign policy (and naiveté)”

Get it Right, Minister

David Akin, writing in the Toronto Sun, takes a critical look at what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and been saying and concludes that, when addressing the question of “why” withdraw the CF-18s from combat in the Iraq, the minister’s answer: “seems unsatisfactory and it’s the kind of answer that has even some Liberals in Ottawa aContinue reading “Get it Right, Minister”