U.S. Impotence in Pakistan


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by Patrick J. Buchanan “Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind.” Emerson’s couplet comes to mind as the New Year opens with Pakistan, the second largest Muslim country on Earth, in social and political chaos, trending toward a failed state with nuclear weapons. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, whom the White House pressed to […]

Annus Horribilis Ahead?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan With the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 8, and the Iowa caucuses dead ahead, the nominees of both parties may be known in two weeks. Surely, after Feb. 5, when a slew of primaries are held, both races will be all but over. Then, from Feb. 5 to Nov. 4, nine […]

Time Gets Serious Again


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Good for Time. Its Person of the Year was Vladimir Putin, who has presided over the economic rebirth of his nation and reasserted Russia’s role as a great power. A first runner-up was Gen. David Petraeus, leader of the “surge” in Iraq that staved off what appeared a U.S. defeat and […]

Is It Down to Mitt and Mike?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Not since 1952 has the nation entered a presidential year with greater seeming uncertainty as to who will face off in November. Early that year, Tennessee Sen. Ernest Kefauver upset Harry Truman in New Hampshire, relieving the nation by dashing Harry’s hopes for another four years. The Republican race would be […]

Hardball or Dirt Ball, Hillary?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan It was as low a blow as has lately been landed in national politics. And it had all the subtlety of a surprise kick to the groin. Bill Shaheen, husband of ex-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign, volunteered to the Washington Post his concern […]

Is World War III on Hold?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan The White House campaign to stampede this nation into war, to smash Iran’s nuclear facilities before she acquires the capability to build an atom bomb, has been derailed, probably for the duration of the Bush presidency. And the Bush policy – to leave the military option on the table while pressing […]

The Mitt-Mike Religious War


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Four weeks before New Hampshire and three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican race has become a proxy religious war. On one side is a Baptist preacher who called homosexuality “an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle” that “can pose a dangerous public health risk,” urged the isolation of AIDS sufferers […]