Terry Glavin, writing in Maclean’s magazine, says, and I fully agree, that “It may well have been capricious in the extreme for Donald Trump’s White House to order that spectacular hit in Iraq, but lets face it: the airstrike target was the Lord of the Flies. He got nothing less than he visited upon countless…… Continue reading What next?
Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that “Canada’s new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program … [but, he ads] … When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won’t…… Continue reading A year-end thought on a vital issue
As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being “delinquent” in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the “delinquents” remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president’s transactional…… Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)
Following on from my previous post, I suspect that former Governor (South Carolina) and US Ambassador (to the United Nations) Nikki Haley might be President-elect of the United States five years from now. She is, right now, I think, the wholly unofficial but very clear voice of the post-Trump Republicans. She shares many of the…… Continue reading Canadians need to pay attention
There is a video, published by The Guardian, making the rounds on social media which shows Princess Ann, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte (I think) and Justin Trudeau chatting, it appears, about President Trump who made long, rambling press conferences of his meetings with President Macron and Prime Minister…… Continue reading The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?
Murray Brewster, writing on the CBC News website, says that “It may be a world away from NATO, but the Chinese telecom titan Huawei — and the United States’ desire to keep it out of the security grid of western democracies — will be a major topic of conversation among allied leaders this week ……… Continue reading Trudeau’s dilemma
Following on from yesterday … I have cited and discussed the views of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is pretty well known China watcher, on more than one occasion, because I believe he usually has something very useful to say. Mr Rudd begins a very worthwhile analysis in the Sydney Morning Herald with…… Continue reading More from Kevin Rudd about China
Terry Glavin, writing in MacLean’s magazine, says that “With Beijing’s most determined allies decisively crushed by a democratic alliance in Hong Kong’s district elections over the weekend, at least somebody’s putting up some kind of a fight against Xi Jinping’s increasingly savage aggression and belligerence. Because it certainly isn’t Canada.” He reminds us, as I…… Continue reading We need to get Canada up off its knees
Many in the media are saying, and I agree, that Justin Trudeau’s agenda for the next couple of years is about 99.9% domestic and focused, mainly, gaining seats in on Québec and holding on, at least, in Atlantic Canada and in urban and suburban Ontario and British Columbia. The overarching aim ~ the ONLY aim…… Continue reading Trump is about to rain on Trudeau’s parade
The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: “Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network … [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the…… Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too