The Passing Away of Mother Russia

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 26, 2003 In many Catholic colleges of yesterday, students had to take 24 course hours of philosophy as a condition of graduation. At the core of the philosophy curriculum was Natural Law, and at the heart of Natural Law was the idea that men, through reason, could come to […]

With Friends Like These…

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 24, 2003 “‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world,” wrote Washington to his countrymen in his Farewell Address. Aware that it was the alliance with France in 1778 that saved our Revolution, Washington did not oppose all alliances, just […]

Costs of War Already Coming In

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 19, 2003 Had President Bush never used all that barstool bellicosity about an Axis of Evil, “pre-emptive strike,” “regime change” and “weeks, not months,” he could now claim victory in his showdown with Saddam. For it is only through Bush’s resolute leadership that U.N. arms inspectors are back in […]

The ’50-Years War’?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 17, 2003 “May your enemies live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese saying. Our times become more interesting by the day. On the South Capitol Street Bridge here sits an Avenger anti-aircraft missile battery prepared to shoot down any private plane or commercial airliner that appears about to […]

Are Bush and Rumsfeld Closet Populists?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 12, 2003 “How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?” “Nobody knows – because it’s never been done yet.” That joke was making the rounds at a political conference in Washington this weekend. It is a cruel and unjust jest. As Margaret Macmillan writes, in Paris 1919, 1.3 […]

Why Does Iraq Top the Enemies List?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 10, 2003 In his 90-minute presentation to the Security Council, Colin Powell made a compelling case for the prosecution that Iraq is not cooperating fully and freely in its own disarmament. Clearly, Saddam is concealing weapons he is forbidden by U.N. resolutions to possess. On this count, Saddam appears […]

Kim Jong Il at the OK Corral

by Patrick J. Buchanan – February 5, 2003 Is Kim Jong Il seeking a showdown with the U.S. president who told the world he personally “loathes” the North Korean ruler? Does Kim intend to force Bush into a humiliating retreat from the vaunted Bush Doctrine of “pre-emptive strike,” as Khrushchev was forced to publicly retreat […]

The Unintended Consequences of War

Patrick J. Buchanan – February 3, 2003 Rarely do wars, once begun, work out as anticipated. As 1898 began, William McKinley could not have dreamed the year would end with America annexing the Philippines. Yet by December, the United States, having routed Spain, had launched a three-year war to crush Filipino resistance to U.S. imperial […]