Defence & Security

What is Trump actually proposing and why?

Dec 09, 2015
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Donald Trump’s proposal on Muslim immigration has been denounced just about everywhere, its author the object of some of the most scurrilous ad homimen attacks directed at any public person in recent memory. As usual, the mainstream media has led the pack — while carefully avoiding repeating what Trump has actually proposed or providing any explanation of why he might

First clash in Commons over defence issues

Dec 08, 2015
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HOUSE OF COMMONS, DECEMBER 7, 2015 SPEECH FROM THE THRONE RESUMPTION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)  It is alarming that the threat of ISIS, as well as the men and women who are putting their lives on the line in the fight against ISIS, did not warrant a mention in the

Britain is also at war

Dec 06, 2015
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A week after the ISIL attacks in Paris on November 13 , British Prime Minister David Cameron met with French President François Hollande for what was described as a “war summit”. The following week, the British government tabled in Parliament its comprehensive strategy for dealing with ISIL, including the extension of British military operations to Syria. The Vimy Report provides

America’s retreat (1)

Dec 06, 2015
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Paul H. Chapin

The following is the first part of a two-part analysis of America’s retreat from world leadership and the emergence of new world leaders.  SYNOPSIS Part One: For three generations, the United States has been the political and military leader of the Western democracies. Under Obama, it has abandoned that vocation. Obama’s retreat wasn’t like Napoleon’s from Moscow in 1812, it was

ISIL — Good thing the UN Security Council is there to condemn it

Nov 23, 2015
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On November 20, the UN Security Council “determined” that the Islamic State (ISIL) constitutes an “unprecedented” threat to international peace and security; and it called on Member States to take “all necessary measures … to prevent and suppress ISIL’s terrorist acts”.  Resolution 2249 (2015), which “reaffirmed” 14 other previous resolutions on the same or related subjects, was originally sponsored by

US special operations forces in Syria still not operating in Syria

Nov 23, 2015
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On October 30, the Obama administration announced that the President had authorized “no more” than 50 special operations forces to be deployed to northern Syria in a “non-combat” role. The troops would help to coordinate the efforts of local forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria, such as the main Syrian Kurdish militia group, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and

France is at war

Nov 18, 2015
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The speech by President François Hollande of France on November 16 is one that ranks with President George W. Bush’s post-9/11 address to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001. Rarely have two statesmen so ill-inclined to be wartime leaders displayed such insight into their times and such resolve to master the enormous tasks they face. Regretably, Hollande’s

An inside look at the PM’s instructions to his minister of national defence

Nov 15, 2015
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In a sharp break with the past, the new Canadian government has publicly released what were once highly confidential “mandate letters” by which the Prime Minister issues his instructions to new Cabinet ministers. We attach below the links to three of particular interest to readers of The Vimy Report: letters to the ministers of national defence, public safety, and foreign

This is a first in the US. How about for Canada?

Nov 11, 2015
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The Pentagon’s principal spy organization is appointing a British Air Force officer as a deputy director.  This appears to be the first time a US spy agency has named a foreigner to a top executive position. In an official announcement, the Pentagon said that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) had chosen Air Vice Marshal Sean Corbett of Britain’s Royal Air Force

The one thing Canada’s veterans really need

Nov 08, 2015
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Paul H. Chapin

The new Liberal government has promised several measures to aid Canada’s veterans.  What’s been proposed can be summarized as follows: Lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans and an incresae in the value of the disability award. Injured veterans will be provided with 90 percent of their pre-release salary indexed to inflation. A new Veterans Education Benefit to provide