Not so huge, after all …

This is an expansion (and contraction) of something I wrote on a couple of days ago. So, it now appears that what North Korean leader Kim Jong-un put on the table about “denuclearization” was nothing more than what has been there for decades: he is, probably, I’m guessing, willing to decommission his nuclear weaponsContinue reading “Not so huge, after all …”

No constraints?

Adrian Morrow, writing in the Globe and Mail tells about how US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster “was a key ally for the Trudeau government in Mr. Trump’s administration. He argued strenuously for Canada to be exempted from the President’s tariffs on steel and aluminium, and was in favour of preserving the continental free market inContinue reading “No constraints?”

North Korea, again

The other day two American foreign policy commentators, Michael E. O’Hanlon and James Kirchick, both fellows at the Brookings Institute, published an article in The Hill headlined: “‘Bloody nose’ attack in Korea would have lasting consequences.” As you might guess from the title they do not believe that a pre-emptive US attack on North KoreaContinue reading “North Korea, again”

American resolve on display

ABC News (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that the United States has sent a carrier battle group from the US 3rd Fleet into the South China Seas. The article quotes Captain Doug Verissimo, captain of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as saying ““It shows resolve, and gives decision space to our leaders.””Continue reading “American resolve on display”

A faux foreign policy …

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, notes that “Next week’s [now this week’s] ministerial meeting in Vancouver on North Korea is turning into a curious affair. Several countries with vital interests in the peninsula are not participating. The agenda of the meeting is unclear. And recent events have overtaken whatever that agenda mightContinue reading “A faux foreign policy …”

The Jacksonians take over

The White House has just released a new National Security Strategy. It is not a long read and it mostly makes good general sense … or it would if almost anyone other than Donald Trump was the US president; but that’s just my very personal opinion. It needs to be read in conjunction with anContinue reading “The Jacksonians take over”

More on the art of war

This ought to be self evident to every single elected politicians, but I fear it is not, especially not now, in 2017 in Ottawa … … but it is understood in Beijing and by several key players, probably not including President Trump, in the USA, also. It needs to be understood in Canada.  

It’s simple enough: no one gives a damn

The National Post, in an unsigned National Post View (editorial) piece asks: “Which branch of the military, exactly, do the Liberals plan to gut this time?“ After explaining that underfunding the military and choosing to ignore our commitment aspiration to spend 2% on defence is a bipartisan Canadian political tradition, the Post reviews the current deficiencies:Continue reading “It’s simple enough: no one gives a damn”


A couple of weeks ago US President Donald Trump accused former US President Barack Obama of tapping his phones during the 2016 election campaign. That sort of blew over until, according to a report in the Mirror, very recently when “Donald Trump’s spokesman has sensationally suggested British spies may have colluded with Barack Obama to covertly surveilContinue reading “Nonsense”

A “civil war” in the White House?

The Financial Times reports that “A civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called “a fiery meeting” in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street … [and] … According to more than half a dozen people insideContinue reading “A “civil war” in the White House?”