More on ships

It’s story time. Once upon time,* about 25 to 30 years ago, in the mid 1990s, when I was the director of a small, very specialized team in National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, something like this happened: One of my colleague, who had a title like Director of Maritime Requirements or something similar said …

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 …

Apologies to the Bard, but …

… The country doth protest too much, methinks. I see, in a social media post by Chinese state media outlet Global Times … … that the Chinese government is annoyed by what appears to be a continuation, by the Biden administration, of the Trump regime’s policy of calling China out for every breach of the …

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 …

Being prepared

Professor Jean-Christophe Boucher a foreign and defence policy expert at the University of Calgary has released some poll results about how Canadians feel about military missions. I do no find the overall results shocking … … because I remain convinced that most Canadians neither know nor care much about either foreign or defence policy. They, …

The Gretzky version

Professor Peter Harris (University of Colorado) suggests, in an article in Business Insider, that President-elect Biden will find it difficult, likely impossible to achieve anything like bipartisan support for his foreign policy. Even many Democrats, Professor Harris, says will not accept Biden’s views. Instead, he argues, President-elect Biden should borrow “from Wayne Gretzky, he should …

We’re not “entitled” to our sovereignty

“Because the incoming Biden administration places a high priority on fighting global warming,” John Ibbitson writes in the Globe and Mail, “Canada may be asked to spend billions of dollars modernizing NORAD.” All I can says, is a) it’s about bloody time, IF it happens; and b) won’t that make Justin Trudeau’s day? While it …

Biden’s new world order?

As we get ready for what I assume will be an orderly transition, in January, to a Biden administration, assuming, as I do, that all the court challenges will have failed, it is instructive to look back to the Spring of this year when President-elect Biden wrote an essay for Foreign Affairs in which he …

Conservatives and the Canadian precariat

A coupe of years ago I wrote about “Populism and the Canadian ‘Precariat’” and I suggested, quoting others, that “social chasms defined by the concentration of wealth at the top of society and, for everyone else, by economic pessimism and stagnation; by a comfortable feeling on one end of the societal teeter-totter, and a fear on the other …

Hope is not a valid course of action

I said, just a few days ago, that There.Is.No.Alternative, for Canada, other than, finally, after 50 years of having our heads in the sand, getting serious about our own defences and the world’s security. There are major threats to global peace posed by e.g. Iran’s and North Korea’s fanatical strategic aims, by Russia’s continuing adventurous …