Articles by: Patrick J. Buchanan

Can a Pope Change Moral Truth?

Can a Pope Change Moral Truth?

on May 22, 2018, 5:54 AM / in Opinion

That joking retort we heard as children, “Is the pope Catholic?” is starting to look like a serious question. Asked five years ago about a “gay lobby” in the Vatican, Pope Francis responded, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” As judgment was thought to be part of the papal […]

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A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

on May 18, 2018, 5:55 AM / in Opinion

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But Pyongyang had other objections. Sunday, NSC adviser John Bolton spoke of a “Libyan model” for the North’s disarmament, […]

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Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power

Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power

on May 15, 2018, 6:07 AM / in Opinion

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph. Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria. “If […]

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Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now?

Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now?

on May 11, 2018, 6:37 AM / in Opinion

Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that their ties to Iran are to be severed, or secondary sanctions will be imposed on them. Driving […]

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Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal!

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal!

on May 8, 2018, 6:22 AM / in Opinion

This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into these forever wars. Friday will see the sixth in a row of weekly protests at the Gaza border fence in clashes that have left 40 Palestinians dead and 1,500 wounded by […]

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Memo to Trump: Defy Mueller

Memo to Trump: Defy Mueller

on May 4, 2018, 7:28 AM / in Opinion

If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the subpoena, and frame it for viewing in Trump […]

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Smut Night at the Press Dinner

Smut Night at the Press Dinner

on May 1, 2018, 6:40 AM / in Opinion

Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who “speak truth to power,” has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps. Comedian Michelle Wolf, the guest speaker, recited one filthy joke after another at the expense of President Trump and his people, using words […]

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Macron: The Last Multilateralist

Macron: The Last Multilateralist

on April 28, 2018, 7:47 AM / in Opinion

“Together,” President Macron instructed President Trump, “we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world.” Before Congress he denounced “extreme nationalism,” invoked the U.N., NATO, WTO, and Paris climate accord, and implored Trump’s America to come home to the New World Order. “The United States is the one who invented this multilateralism,” Macron […]

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America’s Unsustainable Empire

America’s Unsustainable Empire

on April 24, 2018, 7:10 AM / in Opinion

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize. For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade. It has shipped 98 percent […]

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Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

on April 17, 2018, 7:56 AM / in Opinion

“Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay.” Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, “We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.” Is the U.S. indeed in the Syrian civil war “for the long term”? If so, who made that […]

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Is Trump Standing Down in Syria?

Is Trump Standing Down in Syria?

on April 14, 2018, 9:18 AM / in Opinion

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” Trump was responding […]

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Has the War Party Hooked Trump?

Has the War Party Hooked Trump?

on April 10, 2018, 7:13 AM / in Opinion

With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, “Animal Assad,” ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” tweeted Trump, “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal […]

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Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals

Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals

on April 6, 2018, 6:15 AM / in Opinion

With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” said the president. We’ve gotten “nothing out of the $7 trillion (spent) in the Middle East in the last 17 years. […]

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How Trump’s Presidency Will Be Judged

How Trump’s Presidency Will Be Judged

on April 3, 2018, 8:43 AM / in Opinion

On many issues — naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts — President Trump is a conventional Republican. Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and Americans first — from which the Bush Republicans recoiled. […]

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Is the GOP Staring at Another 1930?

Is the GOP Staring at Another 1930?

on March 16, 2018, 8:07 AM / in Opinion

After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office. “The Republican Party has not been this dominant in 90 years,” went the exultant claim. A year later, Republicans lost the governorship of Virginia and almost […]

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Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns the Future?

Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns the Future?

on March 13, 2018, 6:12 AM / in Opinion

Robert Bartley, the late editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, was a free trade zealot who for decades championed a five-word amendment to the Constitution: “There shall be open borders.” Bartley accepted what the erasure of America’s borders and an endless influx or foreign peoples and goods would mean for his country. Said Bartley, “I think the nation-state […]

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Time to Get Over the Russophobia

Time to Get Over the Russophobia

on March 9, 2018, 8:58 AM / in Opinion

Unless there is a late surge for Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, who is running second with 7 percent, Vladimir Putin will be re-elected president of Russia for another six years on March 18. Then we must decide whether to continue on course into a second Cold War, or engage Russia, as every president sought to do in Cold War […]

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Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

on March 6, 2018, 8:33 AM / in Opinion

From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen. And, as the party of high tariffs through those seven decades, the GOP was rewarded by becoming America’s Party. Thirteen Republican presidents served from 1860 to 1930, and only two Democrats. […]

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Fatal Delusions of Western Man

Fatal Delusions of Western Man

on March 2, 2018, 6:43 AM / in Opinion

“We got China wrong. Now what?” ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. “Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?” asked Charles Lane in his opening sentence. America’s elites believed that economic engagement and the opening of U.S. markets would cause the People’s Republic to […]

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The Eternal Lure of Nationalism

The Eternal Lure of Nationalism

on February 28, 2018, 6:21 AM / in Opinion

In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3. But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, the team ignored the prohibition and sang out the Russian national anthem over the sounds of the Olympic anthem. […]

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