Not so fast

The cover of the current edition of Foreign Affairs says it all: America, many pundits, including many in America, Britain and Canada, say is in irreversible decline. The impact of Donald J Trump, they say, is greater than the fabled US Constitution and almost 250 years of history can overcome. America is doomed to decline …

Short of war (5)

I think that a new cold war, Cold War 2.0 if you like, “managed,” as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explained on the basis of Managed Strategic Competition, is the best and most likely way to avoid a real, deadly hot (shooting) war between China and America supported by the US-led West. I believe …

Short of War (3)

Former Australian prime minister and noted ‘China watcher’ Kevin Rudd says, in his recent article in Foreign Affairs, that Underlying all of Xi Jinping’s strategic choices lies his belief, “reflected in official Chinese pronouncements and CCP literature, that the United States is experiencing a steady, irreversible structural decline. This belief is now grounded in a …

Short of war (2)

Following on from yesterday with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s suggestion for how to contain China without stating an all-out shooting war, he says that amongst Xi Jinping’s goals are: First, he wants “to remain in power until 2035, by which time he will be 82, the age at which Mao passed away. Xi’s …

Cold War 2.0: Standing up for Taiwan

I want to return to a topic with which I have dealt several times: Taiwan. Further, I want to revisit an article upon which I have already commented: “American Support for Taiwan Must Be Unambiguous: To Keep the Peace, Make Clear to China That Force Won’t Stand,” By Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign …

Pipelines, anyone?

With apologies to Charles Dickens: ‘Keystone XL was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Biden signed it: and Biden’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. …

Good advice

While I am 100% certain that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not read it, here is some excellent advice, offered yesterday evening, on social media, by Conservative foreign affairs critic Michael Chong: He said (I have reformatted his posts for ease of reading), addressing Prime Minister Trudeau, directly: Find a way for the KXL project …

Grasping at straws

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, is, I think, quite right when he says that “The Keystone XL pipeline project is dead. Right up to Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was saying he’d continue to make the case for it, but that was whistling past the graveyard. Now it’s a question of picking …

It is time (5)

The first thing to understand about Canadian defence policy is that: no one cares. Our allies don’t much care, they’ve all given up even hoping that we might be, once again, as we were for about 70 years, a leading middle power, doing our full and fair share to defend the West. Our potential enemies …

Congratulations …

… to President Joe Biden and to Vice President Kamala Harris on their formal inauguration: I, like, I hope, the overwhelming majority of Canadians and billions of people around the world wish you and America well. Congratulations, also, to all those ~ officials, police officers and soldiers ~ who ensued that the “peaceful handover of …