The Trump Peace Plan

On the subject of the Trump Mideast Peace Plan, I agree with both The Economist which says, “as a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival,” and with the Globe and Mail‘s Mark MacKinnon who writes that “President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan … aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almostContinue reading “The Trump Peace Plan”

Something we finally do know

A couple of days ago I said that “What we don’t know is … How did PS752 crash, in a ball of fire, just minutes after takeoff? Was it an engine explosion or is the intelligence that Prime Minister Trudeau says he has accurate? Did Iranians shoot it down with a surface-to-air missile?“ Well, now, accordingContinue reading “Something we finally do know”

What we know and don’t know, for sure, so far

What we do know, for sure, is that: Qassem Soleimani is dead. That is, without a shadow of a doubt, a good thing. He was a monster and his demise makes the world an ever so slightly better place. We should not dance on anyone’s grave, not even those of Hitler, Stalin, Tojo and Mao,Continue reading “What we know and don’t know, for sure, so far”

But that may prove impossible.

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, suggests that Justin Trudeau might want to try what former diplomat, national strategic planner in the Privy Council Office,  and commentator David Mulroney refers to (on social media) as… … “the “Ostrich” school of Canadian foreign policy.”  It has, he says,  two pillars: First, “Canada has noContinue reading “But that may prove impossible.”

Trump and the Kurds

So, in Business Insider, I see that this is the justification that US President Donald J Trump uses for allowing Turkish President Recep Erdoğan to unleash his forces against the Kurds: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to abandon the Kurds to a Turkish military incursion in Syria by saying they didn’t help theContinue reading “Trump and the Kurds”

What Canada needs

Just the other day I suggested that everyone, including Canada, will have to adapt to whatever happens in the United Kingdom over the next 100(-) days. John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, picks up on that and puts some flesh on the bare bones of my concerns. “On Oct. 21, voters will chooseContinue reading “What Canada needs”

Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?

Dr. Emma Ashford, of the (generally conservative) Cato Institute, proposes that we, in the US led West, should reconsider what she calls our “reflexive hostility” towards Russia. Her remarks are addressed, in the main, towards US leaders but, of course, many in the chattering classes, which includes me, to be sure, are equally prone to take Continue reading “Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?”


It’s been almost two years since I started blogging in earnest. I have been looking at the statistics page for my blog … readership has been growing, generally steadily, over the past couple of years and I now have some regular (and a few periodic) readers from: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovenia, Brazil,Continue reading “Thanks!”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Henry Kissinger reprises Margaret Thatcher

When I started these “Everyman’s” surveys it was because, as I said, the government’s “strategic survey’s are very highly classified and we, ordinary albeit concerned Canadians (concerned about our role and responsibilities in the world), will never see them … [but] … there is a lot of open source material which can, probably, give us aContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Henry Kissinger reprises Margaret Thatcher”

Are we heading toward another World War?

In a column in the Toronto Sun, Candice Malcolm asks: “Are we heading toward another World War?“ My short answer is “No, but …“ I have said, several times, that there are three danger zones: First: In the South China Seas there is a danger that a US military commander could misinterpret or misunderstand aContinue reading “Are we heading toward another World War?”