Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

Konrad Yakabuski, writing in the Globe and Mail over two weeks ago, said "Canadians have grown accustomed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s moments of inattention, when the words that come out of his mouth don’t quite match the occasion ... [even so] ... During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Ottawa visit last month, however, Mr. Trudeau … Continue reading Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

More fighter follies

Stephen Chase and Daniel Leblanc report, in the Globe and Mail, that "The U.S. military is threatening to pull the F-35 fighter jet out of the competition to replace Canada’s fleet of CF-18s, further disrupting the controversial acquisition program and increasing the tension between the two countries ... [they say that] ... The dispute, laid … Continue reading More fighter follies

The new fighter jet competition is ready for takeoff

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, in an article datelined 15 Apr 19, says that "The politically charged competition to replace Canada's aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call ... [and, he reminds us] ... There are four companies in the … Continue reading The new fighter jet competition is ready for takeoff

Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Robert Kagan, the realist, or as he prefers to call himself, the liberal-interventionist historian, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a rather frightening essay in Foreign Affairs which is headlined: "The New German Question ~ What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?" Dr Kagan reminds us that "The German question produced the … Continue reading Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

The world is changing … Canada must change, too

As I have been saying over the past few days and weeks ... and months, the global strategic situation is changing, as it always does. In the last 500 years we have watched the decline Spain, then the rise and fall of the Netherlands, France, Britain, Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union and the rise … Continue reading The world is changing … Canada must change, too

“US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ in wargames”

That's the headline in Breaking Defence, an online newsletter that describes itself as "the idea hub of the defense world, where the crucial defense ideas are debated." The story, under the headline quotes both David Ochmanek, who is a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development from 2009-2014, … Continue reading “US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ in wargames”

Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

A week or so ago I wrote about an excellent article by Dr Richard Haass which explained how the liberal world order might end and why, if we want to avoid a Chinese dominated world order, which I suggest is not in our best interests, then the US led West must restore itself. Now, in Foreign … Continue reading Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?