Is Mitt Serious About Condi?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The first criterion in choosing a vice president, it is said, is that he or she must be qualified to be president. Yet there is another yardstick by which candidates measure running mates. Do they bring something to the table? Can they help with a critical voting bloc? Can they bring […]

Why This Obsession With Iran?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Iran is not seeking to have the atomic bomb, possession of which is pointless, dangerous and is a great sin from an intellectual and a religious point of view.” Thus did supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declare in February that Iran’s possession of atomic weapons would be a mortal sin against […]

Rating and Ranking Our Presidents


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In 1948, Arthur Schlesinger Sr. wrote for Life magazine a controversial article on a subject that has been the cause of spirited and acrimonious debate ever since. He listed the consensus of our academic elite as to which American presidents had been Great, Near Great, Average, Below Average and Failures. Leading […]

Dress Rehearsal for a Mideast War?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” said Mark Twain. Observing the uprising in Syria, the atrocities, the intervention by rival powers, it all calls to mind the Great Rehearsal for World War II, the Spanish Civil War. The war began in 1936 with an uprising in Morocco of […]

Syria’s Insurrection Is Not America’s War


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In pushing for U.S. military intervention in Syria — arming the insurgents and using U.S. air power to “create safe zones” for anti-regime forces “inside Syria’s borders” — The Washington Post invokes “vital U.S. interests” that are somehow imperiled there. Exactly what these vital interests are is left unexplained. For 40 […]

How Bill Kristol Purged the Arabists


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By Patrick J. Buchanan After taping John Stossel’s show on March 16 in New York, the Mrs. and I took the 10 a.m. Acela back to Washington. Once we had boarded the train, who should come waddling up the aisle but Bill Kristol. The Weekly Standard editor seemed cheerful, and we chatted about the surge […]

The Antietam of the Culture War


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By Patrick J. Buchanan It took Joe Biden’s public embrace of same-sex marriage to smoke him out. But after Joe told David Gregory of “Meet the Press” he was “absolutely comfortable” with homosexuals marrying, Barack Obama could not maintain his credibility with the cultural elite if he stuck with the biblical view that God ordained […]

A Decade of War—for What?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war,” said Barack Obama from Bagram Air Base. “Here in the predawn darkness, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of troops in […]