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 […]

Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one wonders: Who would be drawn to the cause of these barbarians who perpetrated such an atrocity? While the video might firm up the faith of fanatics, would it not evoke rage and revulsion across the Islamic world? […]

The Rise of Putinism

The Rise of Putinism

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Abe tightens grip on power as Japanese shun election.” So ran the page one headline of the Financial Times on the victory of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s elections. Abe is the most nationalistic leader of postwar Japan. He is rebooting nuclear power, building up Japan’s military, asserting her rights […]

Hagel Didn’t Start the Fire

Hagel Didn’t Start the Fire

By Patrick J. Buchanan Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama’s national security team, has been fired. And John McCain’s assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, “was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put […]

The Coming November Wars

The Coming November Wars

By Patrick J. Buchanan As it stands today, Republicans will add seats in the House and recapture the Senate on Tuesday. However, the near-certainty is that those elections will be swiftly eclipsed by issues of war, peace, immigration and race, all of which will be moved front and center this November. Consider. If repeated leaks […]

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 […]

Can America Fight a Thirty Years’ War?

Can America Fight a Thirty Years’ War?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.” With this citation from Madison, Cong. Walter Jones is calling for a debate and decision on whether America should go to war in Syria and Iraq, when Congress reconvenes […]

A Basket of Snakes

A Basket of Snakes

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. “War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.” So said Gen. MacArthur in some of the wisest counsel the old soldier ever gave his countrymen. Yet, “prolonged […]

The Forever War

The Forever War

By Patrick J. Buchanan The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible. A year ago, Obama and John Kerry were straining at the leash to launch air strikes on Syrian President Bashar Assad for his alleged use […]

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

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 […]