Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa


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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 […]

Is Obama Shaping a New Majority

Is Obama Shaping a New Majority


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In the 20th century, only two presidents shaped new governing coalitions that outlasted them. They were the only two men to appear on five national tickets. The first was FDR, who rang down the curtain in 1932 on the seven decades of Republican hegemony since Abraham Lincoln that had seen only […]

Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?

Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking … on most issues regarding foreign policy,” says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Neocon William Kristol concurs: Hagel is “out on the fringes.” But where, exactly, is the mainstream on foreign policy in 2013? Since the Bush II years, “the three amigos” — […]

The Republicans — After Dunkirk

The Republicans — After Dunkirk


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By Patrick J. Buchanan At the Potsdam conference with Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill learned that the voters of the nation he had led for five years through World War II had just voted to throw him out of office. “It may well be a blessing in disguise,” said his wife Clementine. “At […]

Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Why the War Party Fears Hagel


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel‘s name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. Who is Chuck Hagel? Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign, was twice elected […]

Why God Created the GOP

Why God Created the GOP


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don’t do that, they have no useful function.” Columnist Robert Novak was speaking of the party that embraced the revolution of Ronald Reagan, who had hung a portrait of Calvin Coolidge in his Cabinet Room and set about cutting […]

The Winter of Conservative Discontent

The Winter of Conservative Discontent


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By Patrick J. Buchanan As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964. Barry Goldwater had suffered a defeat not seen since Alf Landon. Republicans held less than one-third of the House and Senate and only 17 […]

A Republican Retreat — or Rout?

A Republican Retreat — or Rout?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy — that Mitt was headed for a big victory — the jolt of defeat hit especially hard. Now, what had seemed an orderly retreat has taken on the aspect of a rout, with Beltway Republicans calling for abandonment of fixed positions all along […]