July 21, 2024

We’re entering the age of permanent crisis we aren’t equipped for

Robert Kaplan talks about how the world is becoming more dangerous, where the next war might be and the difficult choices to be faced

Canada’s military is short 16,000 troops, its branches are operating below readiness thresholds half the time and its budget is being cut as wars erupt worldwide. In this series, National Post examines the dangers of Undefended Canada, and how to regain our security.

The world is entering an age of tragedy, a cascading series of wars and conflict, an era of permanent crisis, warns Robert Kaplan, the veteran foreign correspondent and author.

Political leaders will be faced, not with an easy choice between good and evil, but between what is acceptable, what can be achieved, and whether one alternative is less evil than another, he says.

Canada will not escape the hostilities on the horizon. Its Pacific Ocean border with its western outlook may witness the next great global conflict. And, as security analysts have pointed out, Canada, with an under-resourced military, aging equipment — especially a fleet of four submarines that is rarely on the water, still less below it — is ill-prepared to face the oncoming tide of tragedy.

In a wide-ranging interview with National Post for the Canada Undefended series, Kaplan talked about how the world is becoming more dangerous, where the next war might be, the heavy burden of political leadership, the difficult choices to be faced, and how adopting a “tragic” mindset might make the world a less treacherous place.

If anyone is qualified to see the dangerous straits ahead, it is Kaplan, a man who has spent more than three decades of his life covering wars, revolutions, failed states, and dictatorships from over 100 countries. He has served on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, was a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, was twice named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and has written 22 books on foreign affairs and travel.

Interesting Read…

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BTDT
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February 21, 2024 4:57 pm

Until our military returns to focusing on attracting recruits whose goals are to be battlefield warriors defending Canada instead of social justice warriors defending progressive woke ideologies, Canada is screwed. A future PMPP is going to have some critical, urgent work ahead of him. I hope he has everything set up ahead of time ready to launch on day one. There literally is no time (as in ZERO) to waste.