Who Owns the Future?

Who Owns the Future?

By Patrick J. Buchanan In the near term, bet on the men with the guns. The Egyptian Army, being slowly squeezed out of its central role in the nation’s life by Mohammed Morsi, waited for the moment to oust the elected president and crush his Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was deposed and arrested, and the Brotherhood […]

Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon

Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Sire, clear the square with gunfire or abdicate.” That was the message one of his generals gave the young czar Nicholas I in December of 1825, as thousands of civilians and soldiers massed in Senate Square to challenge his claim to the throne. Nicholas gave the order, the cannons fired, and […]

Last Hurrah of the Interventionists?

Last Hurrah of the Interventionists?

By Patrick J. Buchanan In what a Washington Post columnist describes as a rout of Rand Paul isolationism, the Senate just voted overwhelmingly to send another $1.5 billion in foreign aid to Egypt. The House voted 400-20 to impose new sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, two days before Iran’s new president, elected on a pledge […]

Obama’s Moment — A Deal With Iran!

Obama’s Moment — A Deal With Iran!

By Patrick J. Buchanan In his second term, Richard Nixon had Watergate, but also the rescue of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. In his second term, Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra, but also a treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet missiles in Europe, his “tear-down-this-wall” moment in Berlin and his lead role in ending the Cold […]

A Reluctant Warrior Tiptoes to War

A Reluctant Warrior Tiptoes to War

By Patrick J. Buchanan Barack Obama has just taken his first baby steps into a war in Syria that may define and destroy his presidency. Thursday, while he was ringing in Gay Pride Month with LGBT revelers, a staffer, Ben Rhodes, informed the White House press that U.S. weapons will be going to the Syrian […]

Is Our Guardian Angel Big Brother?

Is Our Guardian Angel Big Brother?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail,” said Secretary of State Henry Stimson of his 1929 decision to shut down “The Black Chamber” that decoded the secret messages of foreign powers. “This means war!” said FDR, after reading the intercepted instructions from Tokyo to its diplomats the night of Dec. 6, […]

Who Are the War Criminals in Syria?

Who Are the War Criminals in Syria?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Last week, several polls came out assessing U.S. public opinion on intervention in Syria. According to the Huffington Post poll, Americans oppose U.S. air strikes on Syria by 3-to-1. They oppose sending arms to the rebels by 4-to-1. They oppose putting U.S. ground troops into Syria by 14-to-1. Democrats, Republicans and […]

Goading Gullible America Into War

Goading Gullible America Into War

By Patrick J. Buchanan As President Obama departed for Israel, there came a startling report. Bashar Assad’s regime had used poison gas on Syrian rebels. Two Israeli Cabinet members claimed credible evidence. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said, “It’s clear for us that (gas is) being used. … This … should be on the table in […]

Infantile Conservatism

Infantile Conservatism

by Patrick J. Buchanan Regularly now, The Washington Post, as always concerned with fairness and balance, runs a blog called “Right Turn: Jennifer Rubin’s Take From a Conservative Perspective.” The blog tells us what the Post regards as conservatism. On Monday, Rubin declared that America’s “greatest national security threat is Iran.” Do conservatives really believe […]

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 […]