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 […]

Tomorrow’s Man — or Yesterday’s


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Among the GOP victories in 2010, none was sweeter than that of Marco Rubio. The charismatic young Cuban-American challenged Gov. Charlie Crist in a Senate primary, ran him out of the party and swept to victory by 19 points in a three-way race. Among those mentioned as running mates for Mitt […]

Bibi’s Dilemma — and Barack’s


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Bibi” Netanyahu was disgusted. “My initial reaction is that Iran has gotten a freebie. It has got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation.” The Israeli prime minister was referring to Saturday’s meeting in Istanbul of the P5-plus-1 — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany […]