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  1. Edward Campbell

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Very interesting article in Foreign Affairs - I'm not going to quote it at length, your library should subscribe, if it doesn't then tell your local mayor or base commander that you need a new, competent librarian. Here is they key point: "... there will be a strong temptation to downgrade...
  2. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Which is precisely what the government-of-the-day - any government, any day - doesn't want.
  3. Edward Campbell

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    The downtown Ottawa residents include four largeish groups (I'm using the condo in which I live - two blocks from one of the main protest "parking lots" - as an example for the first three groups - the fourth group lives across the street from us: Seniors who have downsized and live in the...
  4. Edward Campbell

    Haitian leaders must all agree before Canada would lead a potential military intervention, Trudeau says

    Even if we had three full strength battalions of VanDoos (and three more battalions of, say, Les Volitgeurs, and two fully equipped regiments of main battle tanks and a a full-up, properly equipped and trained ISTAR regiment and a full strength 4 battery regiment of artillery and a couple of...
  5. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    A few, actually quite a few, years ago an acquaintance, a former very senior official, who was well paid (by governments (not just ours) and foundations) to think both this sort of thing, said that Haiti would need three generations of colonial rule - trusteeship, he said - to be ready to assume...
  6. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    "Canada, a country with a long history of involvement in Haiti, is the top candidate and favored by the United States, but Ottawa is weighing the operational risks of fighting an enemy embedded in civilian communities, as well as the challenges of doing so in a fraught political environment."...
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  8. Edward Campbell

    A Deeply Fractured US

    The "fractures" in the USA are, partially, regional (blue vs red states) and John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe ands Mail suggests that they are present in Canada, too, and growing in intensity : "Western disillusion with Liberal governments in Ottawa stretches back to the 1950s. But Mr...
  9. Edward Campbell

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Another lengthy but very useful read in Foreign Affairs - you local library should subscribe to Foreign Affairs, if you don't. If you library doesn't then complain loud and long to the base commander or mayor or whoever - a library that doesn't subscribe is not with the name. Anyway the key...
  10. Edward Campbell

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    This, from Reuters in there Globe and Mail, is worth a read. China is NOT collapsing; it is still a formidable economy and a great power by most measures. BUT: China is stagnating. Neighbours, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are eating China's lunch, so to...
  11. Edward Campbell

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    This story, from a few days ago, should scare the livin' bejeezus out of Xi Jinping - not because the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) gave President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) a thrashing at the polls (the Taiwan local elections a bit like US mid-terms and it is chance for the...
  12. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    My guess, and it's a guess based on one rumour, is that neither the Conservative nor Liberal parties is terribly upset by the message that may have been delivered three weeks ago by Secretary of State Blinken. Both major parties know that the USA is p!ssed at us for being strategic shirkers but...
  13. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    In fairness to le Dauphin, the overarching political aim was a photo that Canadian media could use showing that he was NOT excluded from meeting Paramount Leader Xi Jinping. He appears to have correctly recited the 30 second, two point script that someone (PMO or Global Affairs) drafted ... so...
  14. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    But Team Trudeau's decision publicize the brief chat has, now, further annoyed Xi Jinping ... le Dauphin cannot seem to figure out this diplomacy stuff, can he? "Chinese leader Xi Jinping angrily confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 meeting Wednesday, complaining...
  15. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Which appears to be exactly what Xi Jinping did: "After more than two years without leaving his country, Chinese President Xi Jinping isn’t missing the chance for in-person diplomacy as he joins other world leaders at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, this week ... [and]... Mr. Xi had a highly...
  16. Edward Campbell

    A Deeply Fractured US

    I don't disagree, but I think there are, still, moderate, slightly right-of-centre Democrats and equally moderate, slightly left-of-centre Republicans. I think that political mushy-middle has, largely, gone silent rather than vanished. I suspect it can be coaxed out again by the right leaders...
  17. Edward Campbell

    A Deeply Fractured US

    He's actually as tough, maybe even tougher on China and Russia that Trump was. I agree with on some of his policies but, like all retail politicians, he has to payback his backers.
  18. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    The problem is NOT Justin Trudeau; the problem wasn't Jean Chrétien nor was it Pierre Trudeau. The problem was and remains that we, the people of Canada, wanted and still want what our American neighbours and our European allies had and have: an advanced welfare state, but we didn't and still...
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