‘On-to-Baghdad!’ or ‘Stop at Kabul!’?

By Patrick J. Buchanan – October 23, 2001 Neither the Taliban, nor al-Qaida, nor bin Laden is in the bag yet, but the war drums have already begun beating for phase II. If the war hawks have their way, Iraq is next on the target list. Three weeks ago, President Bush was warned in an […]

No More Undeclared Wars

By Patrick J. Buchanan – October 23, 2001 FDR “lied us into war because he did not have the political courage to lead us into it,” Rep. Clare Luce blurted out in 1944. The target of Luce’s accusation was a president who by then had entered the pantheon alongside Lincoln and Washington. FDR’s courtiers savaged […]

Mideast Peace an Illusion?

By Patrick J. Buchanan – October 20, 2001 “Israel controls the Senate,” said J. William Fulbright, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, in 1973. “We should be more concerned about the United States’ interests.” That nothing has changed was evident this weekend. Secretary of State Powell received a letter, instigated by the Israeli lobby and […]

End of an Unserious Decade

By Patrick J. Buchanan – October 19, 2001 In September, 1929, “the Roaring Twenties,” “the Era of Wonderful Nonsense,” of sex, booze, and jazz, ended with the stock market crash that began the Great Depression. There followed the “low dishonest decade” of poet W.H. Auden’s depiction, as Western statesmen sought to appease their way to […]

Into the Big Muddy – Again?

By Patrick J. Buchanan – October 17, 2001 A month after the massacres, and the ugly scenes of Arabs and Moslems cheering the wounding of America, millions are still asking the question: What did we do that they should hate us so? Last week, the president professed himself “amazed” to “see that in some Islamic […]

Why the War Party May Fail

By Patrick J. Buchanan – October 16, 2001 Nov. 13 was a good day for America and a great day for George W. Bush. Kabul fell, the Taliban were suddenly on the run, and the president’s men and U.S. armed forces seemed to have engineered a brilliant victory without the loss of a single American […]

Whose War Is This?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – September 28, 2001 In his resolve to hunt down and kill the Osama bin Laden terrorists he says committed the Sept. 11 massacres, President Bush has behind him a nation more unified than it has been since Pearl Harbor. But now Bush has been put on notice that this war […]

U.S. Pays the High Price of Empire

By Patrick J. Buchanan – September 20, 2001 As the twin towers of the World Trade Center came down in flames, taking 5,000 Americans with them, an unserious era in U.S. history came to an end. “All is changed, changed utterly,” wrote poet W.B. Yeats. President Bush has now received full authority to wage war […]