The Poisoning of American Politics

by Patrick J. Buchanan – March 17, 2003 “Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War,” ran the headline on page one. “Apology denies Anti-Semitism” ran the subhead on the story. Even a glance at that Washington Post, and one knew Jim Moran, bad boy Irish congressman from Alexandria – who has had more than his share […]

First and Last War of the Bush Doctrine?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – March 12, 2003 As that latter-day Wilsonian Bill Clinton launched his war on a Serbia that did not attack us, George W. Bush intends to launch a war on an Iraq that has never threatened or attacked the United States. Clinton bombed Serbia for 78 days for refusing his ultimatum […]

The Case For Torture

by Patrick J. Buchanan – March 10, 2003 Can torture – the infliction of intolerable, even excruciating, pain to extract information from war criminals – ever be justified? Civilized society has answered in the negative. No, never. And torture is everywhere outlawed. Regimes that resort to it deny it, lest they be judged barbarous. Routine […]

Why the French Behave As They Do

by Patrick J. Buchanan – March 5, 2003 Having rescued France in two world wars, Americans are puzzled. Why are they organizing the Security Council against us? Why are they sabotaging the president’s plan to bring democracy to Iraq, as we restored democracy to France? Why are they doing this? What the French are up […]

After Baghdad Where Do We Go?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – March 3, 2003 Prophecy is difficult, especially with respect to the future, said Mark Twain. And after the president’s speech to the annual dinner here of the American Enterprise Institute – Politburo of the War Party – the question remains unanswered: What course does the United States intend to pursue, […]

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 […]