Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

By Patrick J. Buchanan “A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a chance […]

Make Congress Vote On War

Make Congress Vote On War

By Patrick J. Buchanan With the Islamic warriors of ISIS having captured all the border posts between Iraq, Syria and Jordan, we may be witnessing the end of Sykes-Picot. That was the secret 1916 treaty by which the British and French carved up the Ottoman Empire, with the Brits taking Transjordan and Iraq, and the […]

Somewhere, Bin Laden Is Smiling

By Patrick J. Buchanan Bowe Bergdahl was “an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield” who “served the United States with distinction and honor,” asserted Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser. Rice was speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos the morning after Barack Obama’s Rose Garden celebration of Bergdahl’s release. When she spoke last […]

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 […]

Who Fed Susan the Benghazi Bullhockey?

Who Fed Susan the Benghazi Bullhockey?

By Patrick J. Buchanan At his news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama postured as the young Galahad striding out onto the schoolyard to stop a pair of bullies from beating up a girl. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham had charged U.N. Amb. Susan Rice with misleading the nation when, five days after the Benghazi […]

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, […]

Will Heads Roll for the Stuxnet Leak?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Within days of SEAL Team Six’s killing of Osama on that midnight mission in Pakistan, Defense Secretary Bob Gates, reading all about the raid in the press, went to the White House to tell President Obama’s national security adviser pungently to “shut the (bleep) up.” Leaked secrets of that raid may […]

On to Tehran — or Is It Damascus?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Our War Party has been temporarily diverted from its clamor for war on Iran by the insurrection against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Estimates of the dead since the Syrian uprising began a year ago approach 6,000. And responsibility for the carnage is being laid at the feet of the […]