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The first casuality of war is truth

The first casuality of war is truth

Presumably, the seventy-year old child would grow in office. Such is the attractiveness of her personality that people were persuaded to believe her. Today, a mere 200 days into his mandate, less than 25% of the electorate believes anything that comes out of the White House.
 
Perhaps the 10-year old might have fared better. It serves no purpose to dwell on that improbable scenario. What the world is faced with is now a series of “foreign” issues that implicate commerce, social mobility, military stability, peace and international relations in a manner not seen for some time.
 
At a time when Leadership should “calm the waters”, the Donald seeks counsel from the three witches in Macbeth: “Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble
 
Those of us born in the post-World War II era will have no difficulty recalling the examples of the belligerency emanating from America’s prodigious military capacity. The USA spends more on maintaining that power than the next 10 countries combined.
 
Yet, with some errant exceptions peppering an otherwise “strategic approach to balance and world peace”, the USA has played the role of policeman with some level of fairness and purpose. It is a role other [lesser] powers have accepted as legitimate.
 
But Foreign Affairs is a nuanced and complex business. It demands experience, vision and the ability to see ’the long game”. Some countries safeguard their interest better than others. Some Presidents rise to the occasion and the challenge. Some bluster and spew venom.
 
Prime Minister Lester Pearson needed to carve out a role for Canada in the face of demanding, hostile and bellicose American Presidents during the early Sixties and the expanding War with Vietnam. It was tough!
 
One can only that Canada does not have to repeat the exercise.
 

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