For the record, I oppose ALL western intervention in North Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia. I believe that we, previously the British and now the US-led West has done more harm than good, beginning with Sykes-Picot and extending to the current "campaign," if that's the right word, against Da'esh. In my opinion, most … Continue reading Half measures
OK, maybe this isn't the biggest thing ... Maybe it's just a little wee thing ... just one old soldier's pet peeve. But it bothers me. Military uniforms have three principle functions: Ceremonial ~ those uniforms are quite expensive; Day-to-day work in offices, in ship's engine rooms, on workshop floors, in aircraft hangers and on … Continue reading A peeve
The Globe and Mail says, in an article headlined "Canada faces tough realities to reach Paris climate change target," that: "Ottawa’s climate-change focus now turns to reaching a detailed national climate strategy with the provinces by early March while also moving toward a North American agreement on energy and environmental issues." Neither will happen ... some … Continue reading Don’t hold your breath
Christina Blizzard, writing in the Toronto Sun, says: "She’s beautiful, fluently bilingual and well-educated. And she’s Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare. Caroline Mulroney Lapham, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is the best choice to be the new leader of the federal Conservative party, many Tory insiders believe. Like Trudeau, she has an impeccable … Continue reading The CPC Leadership Sweepstakes
I don't, normally, follow Leah McLaren in the Globe and Mail, but this column caught my attention, especially this bit: "Trump is not just a crackpot. He is forcefully and very successfully reframing the American political debate. Whatever his political future, he is winning the race to get his message out and, given the extreme … Continue reading Reframing Canadian (and Conservative) politics
Andrew Coyne, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, notes that, in just over a month since it took office it has had four "oops" moments. He writes: "The 25,000 Syrian refugees who were supposed to be admitted before New Year’s are now down to 10,000 because — who knew? — it would be impossible to screen … Continue reading “Oops,” indeed
Canada's new, Liberal, foreign policy is, rather neatly, summed up by Rick McKee in the Augusta Chronicle ...