America’s Lengthening Enemies List

America’s Lengthening Enemies List


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Friday, deep into the 17th year of America’s longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle. “As the casualty toll […]

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 […]

What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?

What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments surrounded Putin, who, standing alone, made the sign of the cross. Meanwhile, sacred vestments […]

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 […]

With Nixon in ’68: The Year America Came Apart

With Nixon in ’68: The Year America Came Apart


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By Patrick J. Buchanan – The Wall Street Journal On the night of Jan. 31, 1968, as tens of thousands of Viet Cong guerrillas attacked the major cities of South Vietnam, in violation of a Lunar New Year truce, Richard Nixon was flying secretly to Boston. At 29, and Nixon’s longest-serving aide, I was with […]

America’s Unsustainable Empire

America’s Unsustainable Empire


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize. For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched […]

How Trump’s Presidency Will Be Judged

How Trump’s Presidency Will Be Judged


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By Patrick J. Buchanan On many issues — naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts — President Trump is a conventional Republican. Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and […]

Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.” Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving […]

Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen. And, as the party of high tariffs through those seven decades, the GOP was rewarded by becoming America’s Party. Thirteen Republican presidents […]

Fatal Delusions of Western Man

Fatal Delusions of Western Man


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “We got China wrong. Now what?” ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. “Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?” asked Charles Lane in his opening sentence. America’s elites believed that economic engagement and the opening […]