Tag Archives: Russia

Great moments in national security punditry: "Red Dawn" Canada


Columnist Bernie Quigley makes a bold bid for the all-time silly pundit record — an almost insanely ambitious goal while Frank Gaffney still wields a keyboard — with “Russian troops above America’s border: Canada’s ‘Red Dawn’ moment?” (The Hill, 27 December 2011): Until recently, threats to America via the splendid isolation of the Arctic seemed […]

U.S. ends, Russia begins colour-coded terrorism alerts

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that the United States will be phasing out the colour-coded terrorism alert program in favour of a system that is supposed to better inform the public about the nature and meaning of terrorism threats.  Homeland Security asserts that the colour-coded system was useful in the wake of 9/11 but is now […]

New START agreement to enter into force February 5

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton are expected to exchange the formal “instruments of ratification” of the New START agreement, the final step required for the nuclear arms reduction treaty to enter into force, during the Munich Security Conference on February 5th (“New START treaty to enter into force Feb 5,” […]

Russian bomber flights rare: NORAD

NORAD statistics obtained by the Ottawa Citizen show that Russian bomber flights near Canadian airspace–which the Harper government has been hyping in its efforts to sell Canadians on the controversial plan to buy F-35 fighters–have occurred only three to five times a year since 2007 (David Pugliese, “NORAD logs few Russian flights,” Ottawa Citizen, 4 […]

Tory government misplaces Canadian Arctic

In an effort to bolster its claims that Canada needs the F-35 to defend Canadian sovereignty in the North, the Conservative Party is pointing to the recent intercept of two Russian Bear aircraft “over the Arctic” by Canadian CF-18s as evidence of the need for new fighters, claiming that the intercept puts Liberal leader Michael […]