Not so huge, after all …

This is an expansion (and contraction) of something I wrote on Army.ca 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 weapons … Continue 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 in … Continue 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 Korea … Continue 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 might … Continue 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 an … Continue 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.