Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Arms Lobby

Will they cancel the contract or won’t they? In order to understand Ottawa’s decision making process regarding General Dynamics’ massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia one must look closely at industry lobbyists. While the Trudeau government is under substantial public pressure to rescind the $15 billion Light Armored Vehicle sale, to do so would challenge … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Arms Lobby”

Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit

When telling the truth is a revolutionary act, journalists and whistleblowers are targets. When politicians attack freedom of speech, media becomes weaponized. And here we are. How ironic that the government of Turkish President Erdogan is postured as truth-leaker in the apparent gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkey is the leading per-capita … Continue reading “Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit”

Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control

The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Agreement (INF) appears to be part of a broader strategy aimed at unwinding over 50 years of agreements to control and limit nuclear weapons, returning to an era characterized by the unbridled development weapons of mass destruction. Terminating the INF treaty – … Continue reading “Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control”

25 Killed in Turkish Strikes Against PKK in Northern Iraq

At least 25 people were killed in recent violence: Turkish air strikes against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (P.K.K.) targets across northern Iraq left another 25 guerrillas dead. Turkey reported on Tuesday that it “neutralized” 57 guerrillas in air strikes on Iraq over the last four days. By neutralized, the government means that the guerrillas were either … Continue reading “25 Killed in Turkish Strikes Against PKK in Northern Iraq”

One Veteran’s Plea – Get Informed or Ditch the Holiday

Today, every public institution will pause and go through the motions of "thanking" America’s veterans; but the whole pretense ignores that the populace hardly cares about foreign policy. Veterans’ Day – maybe we ought to drop the whole charade. Don’t get me wrong, there will be celebrations a plenty: the NFL will roll out the … Continue reading “One Veteran’s Plea – Get Informed or Ditch the Holiday”

America Should Have Skipped the War, Not Just the Ceremony

This weekend the Donald took some heavy duty flack from liberals, Dems, the MSM and harrumphing patriots for canceling his appearance at a wreath laying ceremony at the famous WWI battle site at Belleau, France owing to inclement weather. For instance, former Secretary of State, John Kerry got himself worked into high dudgeon: Mr. Kerry … Continue reading “America Should Have Skipped the War, Not Just the Ceremony”

President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?

It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking … Continue reading “President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?”

A Celebration of Killing and Dying

November 10th is the 242nd birthday of the United State Marine Corps. It is a time of celebration during which current and former Marines acknowledge the storied history and glorious traditions of the branch of the military in which they so proudly served. I, however, am torn. As a former Marine Corps officer with service … Continue reading “A Celebration of Killing and Dying”