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 the … Continue reading Trump and the Kurds

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

So, it appears that, while I was suffering through a cold, that Monty Python's Flying Circus was resurrected and took over the White House. How else to explain this? Yes, my friends, that' the REAL Donald Trump, the legally and properly elected President of the USA ... or, perhaps, it is Oz the Great and … Continue reading Monty Python’s Flying Circus

On Donald Trump (2)

A couple of days ago I discussed Professor Charles Kupchan's views on Donald Trump's isolationism. I concluded that "For Canada, I believe that the new Trump Doctrine will not lessen threats to our vital interests in the world. In fact, I believe that President Trump will continue to pressure Canada, and other allies, to take a larger and larget … Continue reading On Donald Trump (2)

On Donald Trump

A bit more than a week ago, one of my interlocutors asked: "When are you going to get around to thanking Trump for not getting us all into another war where innocent people are going to be slaughtered while talking heads get to waste our time forcing their opinions on us and santizing mass murder." … Continue reading On Donald Trump

After John Bolton

Richard N Haass, a distinguished American former diplomat and now president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in the Financial Times that "Glory seems especially fleeting for American national security advisers, as we have now had three in less than three years ... [and] ... The most recent to be shown the door is … Continue reading After John Bolton

Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Barry Campbell (no relation, as far as I know) was a Liberal Pary of Canada MP (1993-97) and is now president of Campbell Strategies in Toronto. He writes, in the Globe and Mail, that "Until Brexit, English parliamentary crises have followed a standard script. From the Magna Carta in 1215 through the 17th century Civil Wars … Continue reading Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

I really don’t understand …

... what Xi Jinping and the small handful of men and women who surround him are thinking. I cannot make any strategic sense out of their handling of the Hong Kong situation. It seems to me, and I would be very grateful if someone would tell me why and how I am wrong, that a … Continue reading I really don’t understand …