War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”

A few good planes

David Pugliese, writing last week in the Ottawa Citizen, reported that "Canadian special forces will receive three new surveillance aircraft from the U.S. with the planes expected to arrive in 2022 ... [and, he said] ... The three Beechcraft King Air planes, to be based at CFB Trenton in Ontario, will be outfitted with sensors and … Continue reading A few good planes

Doing the right thing, the right way

A couple of weeks ago I gave Prime Minister Trudeau a BZ (military slang (based on a Navy flag signal) for "well done") for sending Canadians warships into the South China Seas for joint exercises with the Japanese navy. Here are two pictures of HMCS Regina (an elderly, but still lethal Canadian Navy frigate) (foreground, … Continue reading Doing the right thing, the right way

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. He … Continue reading U.S. leadership cannot be revived

In a nutshell

Professor Elinor Sloan of Carleton University, whose work I have cited a few times in this blog, writes in the Globe and Mail, that the current tempest-in-a-teapot over industrial trade benefits (ITB) rules which may (or may not) make the F-35 unavailable to Canada, matter "because of the growing competition between the major powers. Russian … Continue reading In a nutshell

Asterix and Obelix?

David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, reports that "MV Asterix is now operating with HMCS Regina in Middle Eastern waters as part of a Canadian-led coalition task force." He reminds us that "The Asterix, a commercial ship converted by Davie shipyards in Quebec and leased to the federal government to perform a military supply … Continue reading Asterix and Obelix?

Where we should not be

So, I see, in a report by Lee Berthiaume of The Canadian Press, published by Global News, that Liberal MP "Rob Oliphant told an all-party press conference that Canada is not pulling its weight," in the UN peacekeeping arena. "“Canada’s peacekeeping operations pale in comparison to those offered by many African countries,” said the Toronto MP, who … Continue reading Where we should not be