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

What we don’t know

So, there is a very useful, I think, summary of the Danforth shooting by Stewart Bell on Global TV's website. The 'new' bit of the news is that "The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Toronto mass shooting, calling the attacker a “soldier” who was responding to calls to “target citizens of coalition countries.”" But we have … Continue reading What we don’t know

The American Empire

Two things caught my eye the other day. First was this post on social media from the respected American diplomat and commentator Richard Haas: My 'world' was, mostly, defined by those decades when US policy was, I thought, defined by the Truman Doctrine which endured, albeit often largely ignored, from the late 1940s until, I … Continue reading The American Empire

The operational level of war: Russian air defences in Syria

There is a very useful article in the Georgetown Security Studies Review, a publication of Georgetown University's Centre for Security Studies which, pretty much, puts paid to Russian propaganda attempts to suggest that Russia’s advanced S-300 and S-400 air defence systems deployed at its Hmeimim airbase and Tartus naval base actually engaged allied stand off weapons. … Continue reading The operational level of war: Russian air defences in Syria