Is ISIS Coming to Damascus?

Is ISIS Coming to Damascus?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Who rises if Assad falls? That question, which has bedeviled U.S. experts on the Middle East, may need updating to read: Who rises when Assad falls? For the war is going badly for Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria since Richard Nixon was president. Assad’s situation seems more imperiled than […]

Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

By Patrick J. Buchanan “What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. … We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can’t give them the will to fight.” Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army […]

What the Fall of Ramadi Means

What the Fall of Ramadi Means

By Patrick J. Buchanan The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback for U.S. policy. When President Obama declared that we shall “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State, he willed the ends, […]

Our Next Mideast War — Syria

Our Next Mideast War — Syria

By Patrick J. Buchanan Jeb Bush has spent the week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war — this time to bring down […]

The Obama Doctrine

The Obama Doctrine

By Patrick J. Buchanan At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: “The United States will not be imprisoned by the past — we’re looking to the future. I’m not interested in […]

The Enemy of My Enemy

The Enemy of My Enemy

By Patrick J. Buchanan The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in […]

GOP Platform: War Without End

GOP Platform: War Without End

By Patrick J. Buchanan If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing […]

The Ultimate Enemy of ISIS

The Ultimate Enemy of ISIS

By Patrick J. Buchanan The president’s request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country. That division was mirrored in the disparate receptions Obama’s resolution received from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. To the Times, Obama’s AUMF is […]