Clouds Over Obama’s Second Term

Clouds Over Obama’s Second Term

By Patrick J. Buchanan Rarely have second terms lived up to the hopes and expectations of presidents or their electorates. FDR’s began with an attempt to pack the Supreme Court by adding new justices and a second Depression of 1937. He was rescued only by the war in Europe in 1939 and the GOP’s nomination […]

Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

By Patrick J. Buchanan “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is Newton’s third law of physics. Its counterpart in geopolitics is “blowback,” when military action in one sphere produces an unintended and undesirable consequence in another. September 11, 2001, was blowback. George H.W. Bush had sent an army of half a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is It Time to Come Home?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Is it not long past time to do a cost-benefit analysis of our involvement in the Middle and Near East? In this brief century alone, we have fought the two longest wars in our history there, put our full moral authority behind an “Arab Spring” that brought down allies in Tunisia, […]

The Natural Map of the Middle East

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Apart from political maps of mankind, there are natural maps of mankind. … One of the first laws of political stability is to draw your political boundaries along the lines of the natural map of mankind.” So wrote H.G. Wells in “What Is Coming: A Forecast of Things to Come After […]

Is Mitt Being Neoconned Into War?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Has Mitt Romney given Israel a blank check for war? So it seemed from the declaration in Jerusalem by his adviser Dan Senor, who all but flashed Israel a green light for war, signaling the Israelis that, if you go, Mitt’s got your back: “If Israel has to take action on […]

Is Mitt Serious About Condi?

By Patrick J. Buchanan The first criterion in choosing a vice president, it is said, is that he or she must be qualified to be president. Yet there is another yardstick by which candidates measure running mates. Do they bring something to the table? Can they help with a critical voting bloc? Can they bring […]