Generally speaking …

Last week, Professor Stephen Saideman, who is the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University and also the Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network and, therefore, someone whose views on military matters and, especially, the issue of civilian control of the military, matter, was quite critical of President-elect Biden’s decision to appointContinue reading “Generally speaking …”

Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)

A few weeks ago I commented on the long (2001 to 2014) Afghanistan campaign … one hesitates to call it a war; the Canadian Forces were, pretty clearly, at war; Canada was, equally clearly, not. It was Canada’s largest and most costly, in both blood and treasure, military operation since Korea (1950 to 1953) butContinue reading “Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)”

“Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

It is no secret that I am an admirer of retired US Marine Corps General and former US Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis; in fact, back in April of 2016 I hoped that he would run for president of the USA to spare America from having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary ClintonContinue reading ““Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen”

This time is different*

Michael J Mazarr, who is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and who was a professor and associate dean of academics at the U.S. National War College, and also was a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, near the very top of the Pentagon, has written a shortContinue reading “This time is different*”

The last good man …

James Mattis, the warrior monk, the last adult in the original Trump team has resigned. His resignation letter is a stunning condemnation of Donald J Trump’s temperamental, childish world view and his lack of any coherent strategic vision. James Mattios said: “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nationContinue reading “The last good man …”

The four dangerous Ds

I was just re-watching a talk by now US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, given to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, back in 2015, after he had retired from the United States Marine Corps and before he joined the Trump cabinet. In it, at about 44’30” he said, he would offer just fourContinue reading “The four dangerous Ds”

North Korea, again

So, we enter the next phase of the negotiations over the eventual reunification of the Korean Peninsula … having made the world heave a sigh of relief and, almost certainly, gotten himself mentioned in Nobel Peace Prize discussions, North Korea has now, according to an article in the South China Morning Post, “threatened Wednesday toContinue reading “North Korea, again”

No constraints?

Adrian Morrow, writing in the Globe and Mail tells about how US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster “was a key ally for the Trudeau government in Mr. Trump’s administration. He argued strenuously for Canada to be exempted from the President’s tariffs on steel and aluminium, and was in favour of preserving the continental free market inContinue reading “No constraints?”

North Korea, again

The other day two American foreign policy commentators, Michael E. O’Hanlon and James Kirchick, both fellows at the Brookings Institute, published an article in The Hill headlined: “‘Bloody nose’ attack in Korea would have lasting consequences.” As you might guess from the title they do not believe that a pre-emptive US attack on North KoreaContinue reading “North Korea, again”

American resolve on display

ABC News (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that the United States has sent a carrier battle group from the US 3rd Fleet into the South China Seas. The article quotes Captain Doug Verissimo, captain of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as saying ““It shows resolve, and gives decision space to our leaders.””Continue reading “American resolve on display”