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  1. Edward Campbell

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Many Chinese believe that the so-called 'Russian Far East' is Asian and that it should not be part of European (barbaric) Russia. Some Chinese scholars/commentators believe that China should act (interesting word, "ac") to persuade the Asian peoples of Siberia to come independent. The Russians...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    I'm going to disagree. There are and were, in the 1960s, precise (and agreed) definitions of "unification" and "integration." Many countries, led by the USA but including the UK had already unified their armed forces: they had a single Chief of the Defence Staff (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...
  3. Edward Campbell

    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    The former is safer. The latter might be therapeutic and even worthwhile but the bureaucracy (civil and military) is, most often, risk averse.
  4. Edward Campbell

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Xi Jinping has, I suspect, a "deliverology" problem. He has promised a lot ~ belt and road, global superpower, self-sufficiency, etc ~ but, thus far, he hasn't delivered much. He has, also, broken, decisively, with Deng Xiaoping and that may have been a major strategic blunder. (I say may...
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    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Brad, Weenie and Bread Guy are all on the right track. Neither China, itself, nor Xi Jinping is invulnerable to those "events, dear boy, events" that bring down leaders, governments and, indeed, nations and empires. The very nature of oligarchical rule is its greatest weakness; the very nature...
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    British Military Current Events

    We made a sad, but understandable error in 1967 when the Centennial Medal was issued. Essentially, as with Royal Jubilees, they (whoever "they" might be) tried to attach some meaning to an otherwise meaningless accident of history. The British are doing it right. The Yanks do it even better. An...
  7. Edward Campbell

    British Military Current Events

    This is, according to UK Forces social media, the British Platinum Jubilee (1952-2022) medal:
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    Maj. Roy Sinclair Donnelly

    So sad; Clair and I served together in NDHQ in the then DG (later Chief) Land Operations Branch in the 1970s. He was a good guy.
  9. Edward Campbell

    Alleged PMO obstruction in SNC Lavalin case

    Indeed. How soon people seem to have forgotten the fallout from the income trusts fiasco in very late 2005.
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    Replacing the Subs

    My sense, from being a regular here on Army.ca, is that the staffing situation applies across the board ... the RCN may be the worst but, it appears, that everyone has some real problems. Absent a big recession ~ which we might be due for in a few years (major recessions and subsequent...
  11. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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.
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