Thank you, Captain Obvious

There was a big, mostly virtual, conference on security and defence issues in Ottawa last week. As is so often the case the keynote speaker was “Captain Obvious.” In fact, though, I was a bit surprised that the Trudeau regime allowed Deputy Minister of National Defence Jody Thomas, the person in DND who is responsibleContinue reading “Thank you, Captain Obvious”

CANZUK, again.

Nigel Wright, who was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and who resigned when it was discovered that he used his own money to repay some of Senator Mike Duffy’s misappropriated expenses) and is now the (London based) Senior Managing Director of the multi-billion dollar Onex Corporation, says, in a piece published byContinue reading “CANZUK, again.”

Justin Trudeau is a fool

In 1948 the United Nations formally codified genocide as a great crime against humanity. The concept was new, even the word was new, it was “first coined by Polish lawyer Raphäel Lemkin in 1944 in his book Axis Rule in Occupied Europe. It consists of the Greek prefix genos, meaning race or tribe, and the LatinContinue reading “Justin Trudeau is a fool”

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 declineContinue reading “Not so fast”

It is time for a change

Many decades ago, when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, I was, for a while, a student at the Staff College where the Canadian Forces tried, with some success, to turn middle ranked officers into potential admiral and generals. We studied, amongst other things, the “national security environment.” (I think that’s how the academics, somewhat pretentiously,Continue reading “It is time for a change”

Something is rotten …

… in the state of Canada. (Apologies to the bard.) I see in the Globe and Mail that “The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests … [and] … The National Sciences andContinue reading “Something is rotten …”

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 believeContinue reading “Short of war (5)”

Short of war (4)

MANAGED STRATEGIC COMPETITION Managed Strategic Competition is, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd opines, in a recent article in Foreign Affairs, the only way to avoid turning Cold War 2.0 into a hot war. “The deeply conflicting nature of U.S. and Chinese strategic objectives and the profoundly competitive nature of the relationship may make conflict,Continue reading “Short of war (4)”

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 aContinue reading “Short of War (3)”

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’sContinue reading “Short of war (2)”