If Trump wins, Ukraine will likely face defeat thanks to administration pressure and the end of American support. NATO would not likely last long.
Flying in the face of history and memory, Orban’s Hungary, Russia’s only real ally in Western Europe, now wants closer relations with Moscow. How Hungary can be in the EU and in NATO while supporting the policies it does and blocking those it dislikes boggles the mind.
The Allied invasion of the Italian mainland began 80 years ago today on September 3, 1943, the 1st Canadian Division landing on the toe of Italy and beginning a rapid advance northward.
Eighty years ago today, the Allies invaded Sicily, defended by Italian and German troops. In the invasion force were the 1st Canadian Division and the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade, some 20,000 soldiers ready for their first full-scale operation.
The Canadian government’s failures to reach its 2 percent targets on defence spending seem like an obvious issue for Conservatives to exploit. Yet they don’t. It seems that Canadian defence and the nation’s relations with its allies are almost as unimportant to the Tories as they are to the Liberals.
Canadian peacekeeping is dead, and the Canadian Armed Forces are near death. The public doesn’t seem to care, and the Trudeau government, much like most of its predecessors over the last thirty years, believes that only social programs and health care matter.
With the world in a precarious place, what assurance does Canada have that we are well prepared for any coming conflict? When it comes to defence and security, the answer is depressingly little.
In most countries, replacing donated weapons would be a no-brainer. In this nation, however, the defence procurement system is completely broken, and there is no indication that the government will provide the necessary funds.
His death coming just days before the end of hostilities, Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray was very likely the last Canadian serviceman killed in action in the Second World War.
The “Uganda Affair” is the story of one of the most shameful incidents in Canadian military history: when, prompted by weak Liberal policy, the HMCS Uganda voted to quit fighting and send itself home near the end of the Second World War.