Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

You can, and everyone with an interest in the global strategic situation and, especially, the evolving relationship between America and China should watch/listen to and read Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore’s, address to the 2019 Shangri-la Dialogue. It stands, in my considered opinion, as a truly expert strategic survey of the current global situationContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom”

A message for Conservatives

As the day when we will have a new leader ~ not the one, perhaps, that you or I wanted, most ~ draws near, it is time to think of something the great American statesman Thomas Jefferson said: We will, under our next leader, still be friends, I hope. Some of us will be disappointed,Continue reading “A message for Conservatives”

Land forces

I said, yesterday, that: “I’m going to write, for a few days, on how I believe Canada can (because it has the resources) and should (if it has the will) establish, maintain and use its military forces and ancillary service, too … [and] …  The structure I am going to describe will require a lot moreContinue reading “Land forces”

Also worth remembering

With thanks, yet again, to my friend The Regimental Rogue: This was very much on my mind while I made my own choice ~ a man of good character ~ for Conservative Party leader and it remains there as I watch the CPC leadership race, trying to make my 2nd and 3rd choices. I thinkContinue reading “Also worth remembering”

Prime Minister Erin O’Toole

Even now, almost 20 years after I retired, I still self-identify as a soldier; it is, after all, what, what I did for most (nearly 37 years) of my adult life. As a soldier I am well aware of the principles of war and we consider the first, “Selection and Maintenance of the Aim,” toContinue reading “Prime Minister Erin O’Toole”

How bilingual?

Now that the CPC leadership candidates’ French debate is over and Kevin O’Leary is “in” the race Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, looks at the French language skills of the field: Two, Maxime Bernier and Steve Blaney are fluent, he says … … that’s not surprising and I expect that Pierre LemieuxContinue reading “How bilingual?”

Here’s the problem …

Michael Den Tandt, writing in the National Post, takes a harsh look at at Steve (ban niqabs) Blaney, Kellie (test for values) Leitch and Kevin (trash talking) O’Leary … … and concludes, correctly, in my opinion, that “Here’s the problem this presents for Conservative supporters, in a nutshell: The electoral topography of Canada hasn’t fundamentallyContinue reading “Here’s the problem …”

One of our Canadian values: our military heritage

This video, set to an excerpt from a speech speech that former British MP and Defence Secretary Michael Portillo gave to the Conservative Party Conference in 1995, is applicable to Canada, to. We are also slow to quarrel but we, also, fight to win. We need to remember our “real history” of bravery in theContinue reading “One of our Canadian values: our military heritage”

Can history repeat itself?

A few months ago I offered my opinion that “Mr Trump is riding a wave of American fear and anger towards a high office for which he is extraordinarily ill-suited.” I also agreed wholly with Professor Daniel Pipes who said that “Trump’s boorish, selfish, puerile, and repulsive character, combined with his prideful ignorance, his off-the-cuff policyContinue reading “Can history repeat itself?”

A reaffirmation

About 14 months ago, when I started this blog, I said: “I’m an old, retired soldier with an interest in politics. I self describe as a classical, 19th century liberal ~ which means, in 21st century Canada, that I’m a Conservative … [and] … I believe in four fundamental rights for each and every individual:Continue reading “A reaffirmation”