Congress Should Veto Obama’s War

Congress Should Veto Obama’s War

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Congress doesn’t have a whole lot of core responsibilities,” said Barack Obama last week in an astonishing remark. For in the Constitution, Congress appears as the first branch of government. And among its enumerated powers are the power to tax, coin money, create courts, provide for the common defense, raise and […]

Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon

Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Sire, clear the square with gunfire or abdicate.” That was the message one of his generals gave the young czar Nicholas I in December of 1825, as thousands of civilians and soldiers massed in Senate Square to challenge his claim to the throne. Nicholas gave the order, the cannons fired, and […]

Do We Really Want a Cold War II?

Do We Really Want a Cold War II?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “There have been times when they slip back into Cold War thinking,” said President Obama in his tutorial with Jay Leno. And to show the Russians that such Cold War thinking is antiquated, Obama canceled his September summit with Vladimir Putin. The reason: Putin’s grant of asylum to Edward Snowden, who […]

Al-Qaida in Perspective

Al-Qaida in Perspective

By Patrick J. Buchanan Apparently, the threat is both serious and specific. The United States ordered 22 diplomatic missions closed and issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens. The threat comes from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, the most lethal branch of the terrorist organization. “After Benghazi,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., “these […]

Last Hurrah of the Interventionists?

Last Hurrah of the Interventionists?

By Patrick J. Buchanan In what a Washington Post columnist describes as a rout of Rand Paul isolationism, the Senate just voted overwhelmingly to send another $1.5 billion in foreign aid to Egypt. The House voted 400-20 to impose new sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, two days before Iran’s new president, elected on a pledge […]

Obama’s Moment — A Deal With Iran!

Obama’s Moment — A Deal With Iran!

By Patrick J. Buchanan In his second term, Richard Nixon had Watergate, but also the rescue of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. In his second term, Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra, but also a treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet missiles in Europe, his “tear-down-this-wall” moment in Berlin and his lead role in ending the Cold […]

Vital Interests vs. Democratic Ideals

Vital Interests vs. Democratic Ideals

By Patrick J. Buchanan Understandably, the Muslim Brotherhood is enraged. Having won the presidency of Egypt in free and fair elections after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, President Mohammed Morsi has been ousted in a military coup and placed under house arrest. Brotherhood leaders, convicted of no crimes, are being rounded up. They played by […]

Equality: American Idol

Equality: American Idol

By Patrick J. Buchanan “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin is much quoted in today’s debate on the trade-off between freedom and security, as we learn about the National Security Agency’s easy access to our phone records and emails. Yet we […]

The Pentagon’s Surrender to Feminism

The Pentagon’s Surrender to Feminism

By Patrick J. Buchanan “The Pentagon unveiled plans Tuesday for fully integrating women into front-line and special combat roles, including elite forces such as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.” So ran the lead on the CNN story. And why are we doing this? Did the young officers leading troops in battle in Afghanistan and Iraq, […]

The Palin Doctrine

The Palin Doctrine

By Patrick J. Buchanan On U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war, where “both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line ‘Allahu akbar’ … I say let Allah sort it out.” So said Sarah Palin to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. And, as is not infrequently the case, […]