Ballistic Missile Defence NOW!

So, I came upon this backgrounder (updated in December 2019) on North Korea’s military capabilities by Eleanor Albert published by the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. One key takeaway is that North Korea continues to develop its intercontinental nuclear tipped ballistic missile force. Its missiles can now reach anywhere in North America: Anyone, which, I …

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks … [and, the point was echoed by …

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign …

So, here we are …

… not even ten days into the 2020s. A century ago the “roaring ’20s” dawned with the realization that the Treaty Of Versailles (28 June 1919) was so deeply flawed that Henry Cabot Lodge, a great and astute American statesman, who had advocated for American participation, on the allied side, in the First World War …

Trump’s follies

Two former US diplomats, Professor Michael McFaul (← left) who was the United States Ambassador to Russia and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the President and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council, and William J Burns (right →) who was also Ambassador to Russia and Deputy Secretary of State and is now president of the Carnegie …

Big news

This, from Murray Brewster on CBC News, is big news … maybe. It is big because of the potential costs. I was in and around the procurement world when the current North Warning System was approved and built. I can assure readers that the $1+ Billion price tag was a big deal in the 1980s …

Farce? Maybe not …

The Guardian, a very respectable journal which has no difficulty in restraining its contempt for US President Donald J Trump, says, in a very recent article, that “Donald Trump had to publicly beg for a meeting with Kim Jong-un and to become the first sitting US president to go to North Korea, in order to get a promise of …

BZ to Prime Minister Trudeau

Yes, you read that headline write … I, one of Justin Trudeau’s fiercest critics, say “credit where credit is due” and I assert that it is due here, now because CTV News reports that “Canadian naval forces based on Vancouver Island will soon be joining the Japanese navy and the U.S. Seventh Fleet to enforce international …

A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Thomas B Edsall, in The New York Times, headlined “Why the Fight Over Abortion Is Unrelenting.” He gives the answer, provided by Professor Kristen Luker in 1984, right up front: “Why is the debate so bitter, so emotional?” Professor Luker asked. “Part of the answer is very simple: …

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 …