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Rosa Brooks: How the U.S. military became a Walmart-like one-stop shop for lazy government

In the run-up to the awarding of the Lionel Gelber Prize, the National Post presents excerpts from all five nominated books. Today, Rosa Brooks on the “Walmartization” of the modern Western military machine. 1,773 more words

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Robert Fulford: Dreams of a happy, Singapore-style Gaza can never get past the Hamas problem

At first it sounds like pure fantasy, an impossible dream from another world, but it’s been alive for so many years that it demands a hearing. 849 more words

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Charles Krauthammer: So long as it doesn't fail spectacularly, Trump's foreign policy just might work

At the heart of President Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. 736 more words

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Michelle Hauser: Dramatizing the interrogation of Russell Williams an act of cold-blooded voyeurism

There is a new chapter in the ongoing saga of serial killer narratives and whether they amount to art or outright exploitation. The latest cruel piece of business is not a play, exactly, but a “staged transcript” of the interrogation of disgraced former Canadian Forces colonel Russell Williams, the one that made a household name of Det. 806 more words

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Andrew Coyne: A dark road beckons Canada’s Conservatives and the Manning Conference is speeding their way

During the Harper years, the annual Manning Conference — convened by the Manning Centre, founded by former Reform Party leader Preston Manning — served as a kind of Conservative party in exile: a haven for decency and thoughtfulness amid the brain-dead thuggery of the time. 882 more words

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Christie Blatchford: How to fix a problem like Robin Camp? It isn’t Rona Ambrose’s private member’s bill

Just as Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose didn’t mention his name in the interviews she did, nor does her private member’s bill, C-337, the short title of which is the Judicial Accountability through Sexual Assault Law Training Act. 875 more words

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John Robson: I've got an idea to fix government! No, really. Hello? Hello?

Hello, Fred? Listen, I’ve got this great new idea … No really, better than the beer-sicles. Yeah, I told you, I’m sorry about your freezer. But I’ve thought of something really cool the government could do. 805 more words

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