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  1. Edward Campbell

    Grand Strategy for a Divided America

    I would argue that in a modern state the reverse is true. Service chiefs and very senior foreign affairs officials talk, candidly, on a regular basis. The military, in peace, is a big part of a country's diplomatic action. When and where things go wrong is when/where the military and the foreign...
  2. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    The fact is that the Liberal vote is very "efficient:" they win lots of seats with <40% of the vote. The CPC vote is "inefficient:" they win several seats with >50% of the vote. Thus, the Liberals and CPC can be tied in the popular vote or, as in 2019, the CPC can 'win' the popular vote but the...
  3. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    I agree with you, Max. I was one of them. Back in the mid 1980s I suffered from a fairly serious neurological problem ~ quite painful, suicide was a common outcome (Cluster Headache Variant). The Surgeon General wanted to PCAT me and release me; my boss (someone who, fortunately for me, had...
  4. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    I like the idea behind the promise ~ think e.g. Lord Nelson or Georges Vanier ~ but I suspect our bureaucrats (uniformed and civil) can find an infinite number of ways to 🤬 it all up.
  5. Edward Campbell

    Joe Biden gives up on the war in Afghanistan, leaving a weak ally

    A (only somewhat) humorous comment from Brian Gable in the Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/gallery-editorial-cartoons-for-august-2021/
  6. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    Exactly! Canada is NOT a "conservative" place. (It's not very liberal ~ in the proper sense of that word ~ either. It leans towards the European "social-democratic" (i.e. soft left) position). My guess is that nearly 70% of Canadians could fit under the "moderate" umbrella ~ the middle of the...
  7. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    First a quibble: "the fringe ... is not happy." 🤔 But that is precisely O'Toole's tactic. That fringe has nowhere to go and it knows it, and so does O'Toole ~ the PPC and the Christian Heritage Parties are electoral bad jokes and the fringe has damned few Libertarians in it ... if any. The aim...
  8. Edward Campbell

    Joe Biden gives up on the war in Afghanistan, leaving a weak ally

    I just saw this a few minutes ago: US general tells British special forces: Stop rescuing people in Kabul, you're making us look bad The Washington Examiner is not, I think, pro-Biden, but, even so, this does sting a bit.
  9. Edward Campbell

    Liberal Minority Government 2019 - ????

    I agree with you, none of Canada's political parties are liberal. The question is: where do they sit on the spectrum of of illiberalism? My guess is about here: Illiberal < BQLiberals_NDP______Greens*__PPCMaverick ________CPC______________> Liberal ----- * The Greens are centrist whenever...
  10. Edward Campbell

    Liberal Minority Government 2019 - ????

    I think that Pierre Poilievre is best suited to be the next CD Howe ~ which I also believe that Canada really needs in the next decade or two ~ to a popular liberal (which, I keep repeating, in 21st century Canada means a Conservative) prime minister. Is O'Toole a liberal? Yes, I think so, but I...
  11. Edward Campbell

    Site Administration Site upgrade, please report problems

    I didn't notice anything untoward yesterday (day or evening) and its's quick, as usual, today: macOS Big Sur 11.5/Safari.
  12. Edward Campbell

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    The former three test establishments (AETE, LETE and NETE) were (25+ years ago when I was serving and involved) all quite different, one from the others, in organization, structure and operation. Each added considerable value. LETE closed after a high pressure local/provincial political pressure...
  13. Edward Campbell

    Stephen Harper Interview

    While I share the view that Prime Minister Harper would have been infinitely preferable over the past six years to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (or anyone in the Trudeau cabinet), this interview is a gift for the Trudeau-Liberal campaign. Erin O'Toole will now be forced to address every point...
  14. Edward Campbell

    Helicopter/Cyclone discussion (split from HMCS Fredricton thread)

    And now this: Fix to software problem behind naval helicopter crash needed ‘forthwith’: experts | Globalnews.ca
  15. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Thanks for that; it helps a lot to understand what the RCN is doing. I was in the office of the Chief of Engineering and Maintenance (CEM ~ RAdm Ed Healey) in the mid-1980s when the CPF and CF-18s and TCCS were all major projects. I had (35 years ago) a good, but broad (big hand/small map)...
  16. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Well, they are already between 25 and 30 years old and they will need to last for what: another 10+ years? Given our history with the St Laurent ~ Restigouche ~ Mackenzie ~ Annapolis and now Halifax class ships it looks like 40 years is the expected service life of a Canadian warship. Maybe...
  17. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    I agree with Underway. Let's all remember that the AIM of this process had little to do with warships or the RCN. It was, still is, all about restoring and maintaining a useful, effective, profitable shipbuilding Industry in Canada. The team of DMs who thought this up advocated a long...
  18. Edward Campbell

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Except that the other sides (the plural really matters to me because I do NOT believe that China and Russia are anything more than fair weather friends) have different social values that we do in the US led West. Both have taken horrendous casualties before because both have cultures that place...
  19. Edward Campbell

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    I think that's exactly right. Our creaky broken public healthcare system is a colossal failure. The OECD's data says that we spend more than most other OECD taxpayers for health care but we are down near the very bottom of the heap when they sure "outcomes." Our Canada Health Act funding model ~...
  20. Edward Campbell

    New GG Announced

    I contend that ALL written constitutions are flawed, some a lot more than others. I cannot think of one that was ever much good and most ~ even the ones, like the old USSR's, that seemed wonderful on the surface ~ could not be enforced. That applies to ours and to America's. Israel, New Zealkand...
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