China’s future

Remember, back in 2013, well before the Liberals won the 2015 election, when Justin Trudeau said: "There's a level of admiration I actually have for China, because [of] their basic dictatorship." He doubled down on those remarks, explaining that "his comment was a reflection on a growing economy." In fact, he wasn't alone in that … Continue reading China’s future

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

So, it appears that, while I was suffering through a cold, that Monty Python's Flying Circus was resurrected and took over the White House. How else to explain this? Yes, my friends, that' the REAL Donald Trump, the legally and properly elected President of the USA ... or, perhaps, it is Oz the Great and … Continue reading Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”

There is a very interesting article on the United States Naval Institute (USNI) News website by John Grady, a veteran military and foreign affairs journalist, about changes to India's foreign policy. India's foreign policy has been complicated from the very beginning (1947) of its modern independence. India has (almost) always been a proud, more-or-less liberal … Continue reading Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”

On Donald Trump (2)

A couple of days ago I discussed Professor Charles Kupchan's views on Donald Trump's isolationism. I concluded that "For Canada, I believe that the new Trump Doctrine will not lessen threats to our vital interests in the world. In fact, I believe that President Trump will continue to pressure Canada, and other allies, to take a larger and larget … Continue reading On Donald Trump (2)

On Donald Trump

A bit more than a week ago, one of my interlocutors asked: "When are you going to get around to thanking Trump for not getting us all into another war where innocent people are going to be slaughtered while talking heads get to waste our time forcing their opinions on us and santizing mass murder." … Continue reading On Donald Trump

Ethical things

I said, back in early May, that I was sorry to see Liberal MP and former Canadian Army Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie retire from politics. I guessed, at the time, that "he might be leaving because he is fed up with Justin Trudeau’s bumbling and bungling and dishonesty and also by being passed over in favour of … Continue reading Ethical things

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate