Trump’s Bold Historic Gamble


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By Patrick J. Buchanan President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.” At his Singapore summit, Trump smartly saluted a North Korean general […]

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated. Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the “Libya model” for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of […]

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond


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By Patrick J. Buchanan 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 […]

What Should We Fight For?

What Should We Fight For?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. “Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” Tillerson’s principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force — “never accept” — came just […]

Little Rocket Man’s Risky Game

Little Rocket Man’s Risky Game


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In the morning darkness of Wednesday, Kim Jong Un launched an ICBM that rose almost 2,800 miles into the sky before falling into the Sea of Japan. North Korea now has the proven ability to hit Washington, D.C. Unproven still is whether Kim can put a miniaturized nuclear warhead atop that […]

Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?

Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this […]

Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy,” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.” To make his case against the “Isolationist Temptation,” Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First […]

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question: When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy? The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime. Had we followed […]

Return of the Anti-Interventionist Right


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Late last month, when U.S. air strikes caused civilian casualties in Afghanistan, an angry Hamid Karzai issued an ultimatum. If future U.S. strikes are not restricted, we will take “unilateral action” and America may be treated like an “occupying power.” That brought this blistering retort from one Republican hawk. “If President […]

Are We Allied to a Corpse?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Of our Libyan intervention, one thing may be safely said, and another safely predicted. When he launched his strikes on the Libyan army and regime, Barack Obama did not think it through. And this nation is now likely to be drawn even deeper into that war. For Moammar Gadhafi‘s forces not […]

Was Obama Stampeded Into War?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “NATO is moving very slowly, allowing Gadhafi forces to advance,” said rebel leader Abdul Fattah Younis, as the Libyan army moved back to the outskirts of Ajdabiya, gateway city to Benghazi. “NATO has become our problem.” Younis is implying that if NATO does not stop Libyan soldiers from capturing Ajdabiya, the […]

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