What Difference Does it Make?

What Difference Does it Make?

By Patrick J. Buchanan In the last stanza of “The Battle of Blenheim,” Robert Southey writes: “But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why, that I cannot tell,” said he; “But ’twas a famous victory.” What did it really matter? The poet was asking of the triumph of the Duke of […]

What Would the GOP Do?

What Would the GOP Do?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Though Barack Obama is widely regarded as a weak president, is the new world disorder really all his fault? Listening to the more vocal voices of the GOP one might think so. According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, Vladimir Putin’s move into Crimea “started with Benghazi.” “When you kill Americans and nobody […]

Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

By Patrick J. Buchanan In assessing the motives and actions of Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton compared them to Adolf Hitler’s. Almost always a mistake. After 12 years in power, Hitler was dead, having slaughtered millions and conquered Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals. And Putin? After 13 years in power, and facing a crisis […]

Tune Out the War Party!

Tune Out the War Party!

By Patrick J. Buchanan With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here. Barack Obama should tune them out, and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow. When Red Army tank divisions crushed […]

Intervene? Or End Syrian War?

Intervene? Or End Syrian War?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Whether saber rattling or not, word is out that the White House is “rethinking its options” on intervening in the Syrian war. The collapse of John Kerry’s Geneva 2 talks between the rebels and regime, the lengthening casualty lists from barrel-bomb attacks, and a death toll approaching 150,000, are apparently causing […]

How Freedom Dies

How Freedom Dies

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.” Thus did the New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples. Examples of intolerance provided by the Times: […]

Ukraine’s Crisis, Not Ours

By Patrick J. Buchanan Police began to back away from their positions in the square, said Engel. And the protesters attacked. Gunfire was exchanged and the death toll, believed to be in the dozens, is not known. In short, the reality in Kiev is more complex than the black-and-white cartoon of Vladimir Putin vs. the […]

A Fire Bell in the Night for the EU

A Fire Bell in the Night for the EU

By Patrick J. Buchanan Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has apologized for her undiplomatic “(bleep) the EU!” remark intercepted on her phone call with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Yet it appears that tens of millions of Europeans share her feelings about the European Union, which they believe has arisen to rule over them. […]

Is the Tea Party’s Dream an Illusion?

Is the Tea Party’s Dream an Illusion?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “There is no education in the second kick of a mule,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. With some such thought in mind, Speaker John Boehner strode to the floor of the House to offer a “clean” debt ceiling bill and relied on Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats to pass it. They did. […]

End of the Line for the Welfare State?

End of the Line for the Welfare State?

By Patrick J. Buchanan The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs. But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago: The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and […]