War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”

Where is Europe headed?

While it is, nearly, impossible for one to contemplate what the next steps might be in the Brexit fiasco, the remainder of the European Union chugs along ... in a way. I see, in an article in the Express, that French President Emmanuel Marcon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have, in a ceremony in the … Continue reading Where is Europe headed?

Nonsense

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports from Latvia that "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set himself on a political collision course with U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday by laying out unequivocally that Canada will not meet NATO's benchmark for defence spending ... [and] ... "There are no plans to double our defence budget," Trudeau told reporters at … Continue reading Nonsense

Bait and Switch

Steven Chase, writing in the Globe and Mail, reports that "The Canadian government is defending itself against accusations from U.S. President Donald Trump that Canada is falling short on defence spending, saying there are big military expenditure increases planned in future years and that this country always contributes to NATO deployments ... [and] ... This rejoinder … Continue reading Bait and Switch

Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?

Dr. Emma Ashford, of the (generally conservative) Cato Institute, proposes that we, in the US led West, should reconsider what she calls our "reflexive hostility" towards Russia. Her remarks are addressed, in the main, towards US leaders but, of course, many in the chattering classes, which includes me, to be sure, are equally prone to take  … Continue reading Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?

Thanks!

It's been almost two years since I started blogging in earnest. I have been looking at the statistics page for my blog ... readership has been growing, generally steadily, over the past couple of years and I now have some regular (and a few periodic) readers from: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovenia, Brazil, … Continue reading Thanks!

Lies, damned lies and politics

Two recent stories, both on CBC News, caught my eye: First: Alicia Wanless, who is the Director of Strategic Communications at The SecDev Foundation, wrote a very informative article about Russian propaganda which aims to wage "an invisible battle for hearts and minds will be happening back at home ... The goal [of which is … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and politics