Cut Commitments, Not Muscle

Cut Commitments, Not Muscle

By Patrick J. Buchanan In that year of happy memory, 1972, George McGovern, the Democratic nominee, declared he would chop defense by fully one-third. A friendly congressman was persuaded to ask Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to expatiate on what this might mean. The Pentagon replied the Sixth Fleet might have to be pulled out […]

The Republican Obsession

The Republican Obsession

By Patrick J. Buchanan If last week’s hearing for Chuck Hagel raised questions about his capacity to be secretary of defense, the show trial conducted by his inquisitors on the tribunal raised questions about the GOP. Is the Republican Party, as currently constituted, even capable of conducting a foreign policy befitting a world power? Or […]

Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?

Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking … on most issues regarding foreign policy,” says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Neocon William Kristol concurs: Hagel is “out on the fringes.” But where, exactly, is the mainstream on foreign policy in 2013? Since the Bush II years, “the three amigos” — […]

Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Why the War Party Fears Hagel

By Patrick J. Buchanan In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel‘s name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. Who is Chuck Hagel? Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign, was twice elected […]

Negotiations — or War With Iran?

Negotiations — or War With Iran?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” said Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state in the Bush administration, of reports the Obama White House has agreed to one-on-one talks with Tehran over its nuclear program. Sen. Lindsey Graham dissented Sunday: “I think the time […]

Will Obama Paint Romney As Warmonger?

Will Obama Paint Romney As Warmonger?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Usually, not always, the peace party wins. Gen. Sherman’s burning of Atlanta and March to the Sea ensured Abraham Lincoln’s re-election in 1864. William McKinley, with his triumph over Spain and determination to pacify and hold the Philippines, easily held off William Jennings Bryan in 1900. Yet Woodrow Wilson won in […]

Stay out of the Syrian Maelstrom

Stay out of the Syrian Maelstrom

By Patrick J. Buchanan “In Syria, I will work … to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters and fighter jets.” This commitment by Mitt Romney in his VMI address has thrilled the neocons as much as […]

Is a Nuclear Deal With Iran Possible?

Is a Nuclear Deal With Iran Possible?

By Patrick J. Buchanan In diplomacy, always leave your adversary an honorable avenue of retreat. Fifty years ago this October, to resolve a Cuban missile crisis that had brought us to the brink of nuclear war, JFK did that. He conveyed to Nikita Khrushchev, secretly, that if the Soviet Union pulled its nuclear missiles out […]

The Unraveling of Obama’s Foreign Policy

The Unraveling of Obama’s Foreign Policy

By Patrick J. Buchanan Three days after Ambassador Chris Stevens was assassinated, Jay Carney told the White House press corps it had been the work of a flash mob inflamed by an insulting video about the Prophet Muhammad. As the killers had arrived with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, this story seemed noncredible on its […]

Has Obama Called Bibi’s Bluff?

By Patrick J. Buchanan What is Bibi Netanyahu up to? With all his warnings of Iran‘s “nuclear capability,” of red lines being crossed, of “breakout,” of the international community failing in its duty, of an “existential threat” to Israel, what is the prime minister’s game? The answer is apparent. Bibi wants Iran‘s nuclear program shut […]