Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

It's far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I'm reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed to … Continue reading Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?

There is a video, published by The Guardian, making the rounds on social media which shows Princess Ann, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte (I think) and Justin Trudeau chatting, it appears, about President Trump who made long, rambling press conferences of his meetings with President Macron and Prime Minister … Continue reading The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?

I hope …

I hope that in late October the brand-newly minted Conservative Minister of National Defence will, on the very first day that she or he takes office, meet with General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff. The meeting may take place in the minister's hotel suite because the new minister will not, yet, have … Continue reading I hope …

Monumentally stupid

Originally, when I first saw this story, a week or so ago, I wasn't going to comment ... I didn't want to rub salt in the wounds which I know some personal friends still feel. But then the media picked it up: both Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, and Vassy Kapelos on CBC's Power … Continue reading Monumentally stupid

Some thoughts on Vice Admiral Mark Norman and on General Jonathan Vance

Now that Vice Admiral Mark Norman's court case is done, the question arises: what next? VAdm Norman has said that he looks forward to returning to duty and Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance has suggested that he is ready to welcome him back. In fact, CTV News' Don Martin, in a … Continue reading Some thoughts on Vice Admiral Mark Norman and on General Jonathan Vance

A brief history of Trudeau-Liberal sleaze

I know I'm beating this Team Trudeau/SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould scandal to death, but, even after the shocking resignation of Jane Philpott, it needs to be seen in a broader context, and Erin O'Toole, the Conservative shadow foreign minister, has provided, on social media, a brief but comprehensive history of the Trudeau regime's ongoing interference with the … Continue reading A brief history of Trudeau-Liberal sleaze

Band of Brothers

This story in Britain Daily Mail, from last week, caught my eye; it may even bring a tear to yours. The background is that, in Afghanistan, in 2009, "Andy Reid ... [now] ... 42, from St Helens, Merseyside, was an Army corporal when he lost an arm and both legs after stepping on a Taliban … Continue reading Band of Brothers