Pointless, partisan, political posturing

I saw this post on social media the other day:   It must be possible to try to understand what is going on in North Africa, the Middle East and South-West Asia without trying to blame just one person for anything. With all due respect to Cangal48 and to Representative Kevin McCarthy, it is clear … Continue reading Pointless, partisan, political posturing

NATO in the Middle East

The situation in and around the Middle East is horrifically complex and changes fast. A couple of days ago Murray Brewster wrote, for CBC News, that "A NATO team has been meeting at the U.S. State Department in recent days to draft proposals on what an expanded alliance presence in the Middle East would like … Continue reading NATO in the Middle East

Prognostications (3)

The Eurasia Group's President, Ian Bremmer and its Chairman Cliff Kupchan, writing in their annual "risk list," say that "We've never listed US domestic politics as the top risk, mainly because US institutions are among the world's strongest and most resilient ... [but, they write] ... This year, those institutions will be tested in unprecedented … Continue reading Prognostications (3)

So, here we are …

... not even ten days into the 2020s. A century ago the "roaring '20s" dawned with the realization that the Treaty Of Versailles (28 June 1919) was so deeply flawed that Henry Cabot Lodge, a great and astute American statesman, who had advocated for American participation, on the allied side, in the First World War … Continue reading So, here we are …

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 no … Continue reading But that may prove impossible.

What next?

Terry Glavin, writing in  Maclean's magazine, says, and I fully agree, that "It may well have been capricious in the extreme for Donald Trump’s White House to order that spectacular hit in Iraq, but lets face it: the airstrike target was the Lord of the Flies. He got nothing less than he visited upon countless … Continue reading What next?