On Treating Putin as Pariah

On Treating Putin as Pariah

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world … and effectively making it a pariah state.” So wrote Peter Baker in Sunday’s New York Times. Yet if history is any guide, this “pariah policy,” even if […]

Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

By Patrick J. Buchanan With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe. But unless we have lost our minds, we are not going to fight Russia over territory […]

Behind the Russian Rage

Behind the Russian Rage

By Patrick J. Buchanan As the old saying goes, you cannot truly understand a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. Perhaps Americans, a fortunate tribe, should try to see the world from the vantage point of the Russian people and Vladimir Putin, and, as the poet Robert Burns said, “see ourselves […]

Marching as to War

Marching as to War

By Patrick J. Buchanan Sweeping through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week, Joe Biden reassured all three that the United States’ commitment to Article Five of the NATO treaty remains “solemn” and “iron clad.” Article Five commits us to war if the territory of any of these tiny Baltic nations is violated by Russia. From […]

Is Putin the Irrational One?

Is Putin the Irrational One?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Vladimir Putin seems to have lost touch with reality, Angela Merkel reportedly told Barack Obama after speaking with the Russian president. He is “in another world.” “I agree with what Angela Merkel said … that he is in another world,” said Madeleine Albright, “It doesn’t make any sense.” John Kerry made […]

What Difference Does it Make?

What Difference Does it Make?

By Patrick J. Buchanan In the last stanza of “The Battle of Blenheim,” Robert Southey writes: “But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why, that I cannot tell,” said he; “But ’twas a famous victory.” What did it really matter? The poet was asking of the triumph of the Duke of […]

Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

By Patrick J. Buchanan In assessing the motives and actions of Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton compared them to Adolf Hitler’s. Almost always a mistake. After 12 years in power, Hitler was dead, having slaughtered millions and conquered Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals. And Putin? After 13 years in power, and facing a crisis […]

Ukraine’s Crisis, Not Ours

By Patrick J. Buchanan Police began to back away from their positions in the square, said Engel. And the protesters attacked. Gunfire was exchanged and the death toll, believed to be in the dozens, is not known. In short, the reality in Kiev is more complex than the black-and-white cartoon of Vladimir Putin vs. the […]

Staying Out of Other People’s Wars

Staying Out of Other People’s Wars

By Patrick J. Buchanan “If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives,” said Sen. Richard Durbin, “a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both.” Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama’s Syrian policy has failed. They are urging […]

Obama Should Go to Sochi

Obama Should Go to Sochi

By Patrick J. Buchanan With twin suicide bombings in Volgograd, at a train station and on a trolley, 34 Russians are dead and scores are injured and hospitalized. Moscow and the world have been put on notice by Doku Umarov, the Chechen Islamic terrorist, that the winter Olympics in Sochi, six weeks away, may not […]