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 … Continue reading Farce? Maybe not …

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 … Continue reading BZ to Prime Minister Trudeau

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: … Continue reading A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

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?

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

There are two very similar articles in two influential journals that are closely related: In the Financial Times, Philip Stephens writes in an article headlined "Donald Trump has sounded America’s global retreat," that "The guiding assumptions of modern American foreign policy were set out in a document written in 1950 for president Harry Truman. NSC-68 as it … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

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

And on again…

The South China Morning Post reports that "US President Donald Trump said on Friday that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would happen on June 12 in Singapore after all, despite calling it off last week ... [and] ... Trump said that North Korea was interested in denuclearisation, and that the US was … Continue reading And on again…