“We’ve been spanked, we’ll pick up our game”

I see that General (retired) Rick Hiller has taken responsibility for the decision to halt Ontario’s vaccination programme over the Christmas holiday. He told CTV News that ““We shouldn’t (have) made that decision. I take responsibility for that. And clearly, we got it wrong. We’ve been slammed, we’ve been spanked, we’ll pick up our gameContinue reading ““We’ve been spanked, we’ll pick up our game””

Getting ‘er done

There is a lot of chatter on social media about the eventual Canadian delivery schedule for a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. Many people say that Prime Minister Trudeau and Health Minister Hajdu have “screwed the pooch,” as they say, and that Canadians will be behind e.g. Indonesians and Mexicans in the global lineup forContinue reading “Getting ‘er done”

Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)

A few weeks ago I commented on the long (2001 to 2014) Afghanistan campaign … one hesitates to call it a war; the Canadian Forces were, pretty clearly, at war; Canada was, equally clearly, not. It was Canada’s largest and most costly, in both blood and treasure, military operation since Korea (1950 to 1953) butContinue reading “Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)”

Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

It’s far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I’m reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed toContinue reading “Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect”

Potemkin Village (3)

My friend Tony Prudori, who is a reliable source of news about all things military, has posted (on Army.ca) the ORBAT (order of battle) of the Canadian led battle group that will deploy in Latvia: “According to sargs.lv*,” he reports,  “the Canadian-led battalion level battle group will be composed of about 1,138 soldiers, as wellContinue reading “Potemkin Village (3)”

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”

And still another ship

In an article on the Canadian Global Affairs Institute‘s website Andrea Lane, Deputy Director and Jeffrey F. Collins, a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University make a case for yet another new ship for the Royal Canadian Navy. They suggest that “the RCN should seriously reconsiderContinue reading “And still another ship”

Self destruct? Not likely …

Lorrie Goldstein, writing in the Toronto Sun, says that “The federal Conservatives these days are a textbook example of the political reality that if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything … The latest example, ” he says, “is a bizarre brawl in the party over leadership contender Kellie Leitch’s logical proposal that immigrants to CanadaContinue reading “Self destruct? Not likely …”

Time to start governing?

Major General (retired) Lewis MacKenzie, a Canadian officer with considerable experience in UN peacekeeping offers some unsolicited advice to Team Trudeau in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail:  “If we really want to help make the world a better place,” he says “Canada should forget the obsession about obtaining an expensive temporary seatContinue reading “Time to start governing?”

Some things the Defence Review might consider (5): Support Services

I was taken by an article in the National Post in which former Chief of the Defence Staff General (retired) Rick Hiller warns that “the Canadian military is “fragile” after years of budget cuts and delayed equipment purchases. And” the article go on to say, “while he stopped short of saying the force is on theContinue reading “Some things the Defence Review might consider (5): Support Services”