Articles by: Patrick J. Buchanan

Has Russia Given Up on the West?

Has Russia Given Up on the West?

on September 21, 2018, 7:48 AM / in Opinion

By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War triumph? This month, China’s leader-for-life Xi Jinping stood beside […]

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The Late Hit on Judge Kavanaugh

The Late Hit on Judge Kavanaugh

on September 18, 2018, 7:37 AM / in Opinion

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation and possibly his career on the nation’s second-highest court. And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism. […]

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The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson

on September 14, 2018, 6:22 AM / in Opinion

Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.” Reaction to Carlson’s question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here […]

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Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?

Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?

on September 11, 2018, 6:34 AM / in Opinion

Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling. Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the […]

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Regime Change — American Style

Regime Change — American Style

on September 7, 2018, 9:38 AM / in Opinion

The campaign to overturn the 2016 election and bring down President Trump shifted into high gear this week. Inspiration came Saturday morning from the altar of the National Cathedral where our establishment came to pay homage to John McCain. Gathered there were all the presidents from 1993 to 2017, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Vice Presidents Al […]

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A Cancer On the Papacy

A Cancer On the Papacy

on August 31, 2018, 5:54 AM / in Opinion

“Priests who prey on parochial school children and altar boys are not only sinners, they are criminal predators who belong in penitentiary cells not parish rectories….” This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington and friend to presidents, had for decades been […]

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Are the Interventionists Now Leaderless?

Are the Interventionists Now Leaderless?

on August 28, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Opinion

“McCain’s Death Leaves Void” ran The Wall Street Journal headline over a front-page story that began: “The death of John McCain will leave Congress without perhaps its loudest voice in support of the robust internationalism that has defined the country’s security relations since World War II.” Certainly, the passing of the senator whose life story will dominate the news until […]

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Do Democrats Want an Impeachment Fight?

Do Democrats Want an Impeachment Fight?

on August 24, 2018, 6:40 AM / in National News, Opinion

“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer,” said President Donald Trump ruefully, “I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen.” Michael Cohen is no Roy Cohn. Tuesday, Trump’s ex-lawyer, staring at five years in prison, pled guilty to a campaign violation that may not even be a crime. Cohen had fronted the cash, $130,000, […]

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In Spies Battle, Trump Holds the High Ground

In Spies Battle, Trump Holds the High Ground

on August 21, 2018, 5:49 AM / in Opinion

In backing John Brennan’s right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seemed to recognize that Sunday when he conceded that ex-CIA Director Brennan had the subtlety of “a freight train” and his rhetoric had […]

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Can America Ever Come Together Again?

Can America Ever Come Together Again?

on August 18, 2018, 6:41 AM / in Opinion

If ex-CIA Director John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have lost a lot more than his security clearance. He would have been challenged to a duel and shot. “Trump’s … performance in Helsinki,” Brennan had said, “exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was … treasonous.” Why should the president […]

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America’s Lengthening Enemies List

America’s Lengthening Enemies List

on August 14, 2018, 7:42 AM / in Opinion

Friday, deep into the 17th year of America’s longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle. “As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to soar on Sunday,” The Wall […]

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The Saudi-Canada Clash: A Values War

on August 10, 2018, 7:51 AM / in Opinion

Is it any of Canada’s business whether Saudi women have the right to drive? Well, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland just made it her business. Repeatedly denouncing Riyadh’s arrest of women’s rights advocate Samar Badawi, Freeland has driven the two countries close to a break in diplomatic relations. “Reprehensible” said Riyadh of Freeland’s tweeted attack. Canada is “engaged in blatant interference […]

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Are Globalists Plotting a Counter-Revolution?

Are Globalists Plotting a Counter-Revolution?

on August 7, 2018, 7:12 AM / in Opinion

On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.” Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone? We know not. But, on hearing this, Steve Forbes, Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer broke into the “Hallelujah” […]

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Would War With Iran Doom Trump?

on August 3, 2018, 8:47 AM / in Opinion

A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or plunged into, what was gained to justify the cost in American blood and […]

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Will Tribalism Trump Democracy?

Will Tribalism Trump Democracy?

on July 31, 2018, 6:14 AM / in Opinion

On July 19, the Knesset voted to change the nation’s Basic Law. Israel was declared to be, now and forever, the nation-state and national home of the Jewish people. Hebrew is to be the state language. Angry reactions, not only among Israeli Arabs and Jews, came swift. Allan Brownfeld of the American Council for Judaism calls the law a “retreat […]

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Did Tariffs Make America Great?

Did Tariffs Make America Great?

on July 28, 2018, 6:43 AM / in Opinion

“Make America Great Again!” will, given the astonishing victory it produced for Donald Trump, be recorded among the most successful slogans in political history. Yet it raises a question: How did America first become the world’s greatest economic power? In 1998, in “The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global […]

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Is Putin’s Russia an ‘Evil Empire’?

Is Putin’s Russia an ‘Evil Empire’?

on July 24, 2018, 6:21 AM / in Opinion

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce,” a saying attributed to Karl Marx, comes to mind in this time of Trump. To those of us raised in the Truman era, when the Red Army was imposing its bloody Bolshevik rule on half of Europe, and NATO was needed to keep Stalin’s armies from the Channel, the threat seemed […]

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Trump Calls Off Cold War II

Trump Calls Off Cold War II

on July 20, 2018, 8:56 AM / in Opinion

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the […]

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Trump Stands His Ground on Putin

Trump Stands His Ground on Putin

on July 20, 2018, 8:53 AM / in Opinion

“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached. And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all. Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign — has been called treason, a refusal […]

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Is a Coming NATO Crisis Inevitable?

Is a Coming NATO Crisis Inevitable?

on July 13, 2018, 6:54 AM / in Opinion

Of President Donald Trump’s explosion at Angela Merkel’s Germany during the NATO summit, it needs to be said: It is long past time we raised our voices. America pays more for NATO, an alliance created 69 years ago to defend Europe, than do the Europeans. And as Europe free-rides off our defense effort, the EU runs trade surpluses at our […]

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