Not so fast

The cover of the current edition of Foreign Affairs says it all: America, many pundits, including many in America, Britain and Canada, say is in irreversible decline. The impact of Donald J Trump, they say, is greater than the fabled US Constitution and almost 250 years of history can overcome. America is doomed to decline …

It is time for a change

Many decades ago, when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, I was, for a while, a student at the Staff College where the Canadian Forces tried, with some success, to turn middle ranked officers into potential admiral and generals. We studied, amongst other things, the “national security environment.” (I think that’s how the academics, somewhat pretentiously, …

Short of War (3)

Former Australian prime minister and noted ‘China watcher’ Kevin Rudd says, in his recent article in Foreign Affairs, that Underlying all of Xi Jinping’s strategic choices lies his belief, “reflected in official Chinese pronouncements and CCP literature, that the United States is experiencing a steady, irreversible structural decline. This belief is now grounded in a …

Doing the right thing

I have often quoted management guru Dr Warren Bennis who said: Right now, in announcing that Canada will procure 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX programme, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is, narrowly construed, doing things right. But let’s be very clear: Canada never wanted to use the COVAX programme. The Trudeau regime’s …

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fully …

Simple incompetence?

Do we all remember Hanlon’s razor? It doesn’t have quite as much philosophical weight as Occam’s razor, given that Mr Hanlon seems to have submitted it (1980) as part of a compilation of jokes about Murphy’s Law, which everyone who has ever been in he military, in any country, knows is not a joking matter …

It’s 2021 …

… and I note that the United Nations says that “The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” Isn’t that grand? We have a body, it meets in Geneva ~ lovely city, …

Losing the struggle for values

Dr Zack Cooper a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Laura Rosenberger, a Senior Fellow at and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, DC, say, in an article in Foreign Affairs that in “today’s competition between democracies and authoritarian powers is more than a power struggle: values lie at its …

Getting it right

A few days ago I said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had gotten things wrong, again, regarding India. Now I see, in an article in the South China Morning Post, that the British Prime Minister has gotten things right. The article says that “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited India, South Korea and Australia …