It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence

I see that US President Donals J Trump has announced an ambitious, new, global missile defence system ... maybe. What President Trump said ~ he wants a system that can deal with any missile, "anywhere, any time, anyplace" ~ differs from what Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said ~ 20 new interceptors, making the F-35 Lightening … Continue reading It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence

China sends a message

I see that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a 36 year old Canadian who was arrested in 2014 and convicted of being part of a scheme that aimed to smuggle more than 220 kilograms of methamphetamine from China to Australia, has, quite suddenly, had his 15 year prison sentence changed to a death sentence by a court … Continue reading China sends a message

Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

This is the fifth of five of my 'thoughts' on diverse strategic issues in the first 10 days of 2019. Well, one was related to the state of democracy in Canada, that's not exactly a matter of great strategic import but it should be of concern to some of us. Look at these maps, please: … Continue reading Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?

The question in the title assumes, of course, that, like me, readers might believe that America has, somehow, fallen or been displaced and needs restoration ... some readers, some of whom are my friends, I presume, actually think that America is being restored, to greatness, right now, under President Donald Trump. Some of us beg … Continue reading Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?

A G9 … or something?

Ivo H. Daalder, who is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and who served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013, and James M. Lindsay, who is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, have written a provocative essay , headlined, 'The Committee to … Continue reading A G9 … or something?

Trade tactics

There seems to be some consensus emerging on two points: First, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed President Donald Trump too far. At the press conference winding up the G7 meeting  "Mr. Trudeau decided to take him on," says Lawrence Marin in the Globe and Mail, "It backfired. In saying he wouldn’t be pushed around and … Continue reading Trade tactics

A good plan

Readers should not be surprised when I agree with American politicians who might be competitors for President Donald Trump. Thus, when Governor John R. Kasich, of Ohio, who is being touted as either a moderate Republic challenger to President Trump or as a potential independent candidate in 2020, says that  "many Americans—myself included—are increasingly coming … Continue reading A good plan