The Trudeau train wreck (2)

About ten months ago I wrote about Trudeau's train wreck. That time it was about a CN rail train carrying crude oil that went off the rails near the Saskatchewan-Mantiboa border. Now, of course, days after the event, the Globe and Mail has published a Reuters report which says that "Saskatchewan’s public-safety agency says crews … Continue reading The Trudeau train wreck (2)

A risk worth taking

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that "China’s new envoy to Canada warned that Beijing will launch tough countermeasures against Canada should Parliament act on a planned Senate motion calling for sanctions against Chinese leaders." This seems to be the normal reaction for Ambassador Cong Peiwu who is a career diplomat who has specialized … Continue reading A risk worth taking

Neat and cool and important, too

The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: "Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network ... [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the … Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too

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

After John Bolton

Richard N Haass, a distinguished American former diplomat and now president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in the Financial Times that "Glory seems especially fleeting for American national security advisers, as we have now had three in less than three years ... [and] ... The most recent to be shown the door is … Continue reading After John Bolton

We can’t make this up

Lauren Krugel of the Canadian Press says, in a report published by Global News, that "Amnesty International has warned Alberta Premier Jason Kenney that his government’s fight against oil and gas industry foes puts human rights at risk ... [and, Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada] ... outlined his concerns in an open letter Tuesday that highlighted … Continue reading We can’t make this up