Ideology Was Bush’s Undoing


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Over lunch, a liberal friend expressed puzzlement. Citing the title of Tom Oliphant’s new book about the Bush administration, “Utter Incompetents,” he wondered aloud. Like him or not, he said, Bush is not an unintelligent man, and he is a principled and energetic executive. As for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and […]

How We’ve Traded Freedom for ‘Equality’


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by Patrick J. Buchanan “Our Enemy, the State” was the title of libertarian Albert Jay Nock’s classic that was once widely read by conservatives. Nock was not an anarchist but a Jeffersonian. Government was necessary, but in its centralization lay the roots of tyranny. And in 21st century America, Leviathan is indeed rising – and, […]

Democracy vs. Security


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Which is more critical to the United States in the Islamic world – that a government be democratic, or that it be a friend and ally in the war against al-Qaida and Islamic extremism? In the Bush era, the answer has seemed unequivocal. We are for democracy first. For democracy is […]

The Crash of 2008?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan In March 1929, the Harding-Coolidge era came to an end. The eight years had witnessed the greatest peacetime prosperity of any nation in history: America in the Roaring 20s. Early that March, Calvin Coolidge handed the presidency over to Herbert Hoover, who had just pulled off a third straight Republican landslide. […]

Is World War III on Hold?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Is a Bush pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz, or on the Al Quds force of the Revolutionary Guard, a more remote possibility today than it was several weeks ago? So it would seem. The latest indication is a candid interview in the Financial Times with Adm. William […]

Is a Vote for Rudy a Vote for War?


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Rudy Giuliani has made a “promise” not to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear capability, even if it requires U.S. military action. Though the U.S. Army is scrimping to meet recruitment goals, Rudy has pledged to add at least 10 new combat brigades. Speaking to an Atlantic Bridge conference in London, […]

Bush’s Failure in Pakistan and the World


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by Patrick J. Buchanan “Inaction at this moment is suicide for Pakistan, and I cannot allow the country to commit suicide.” Thus did President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declare a state of emergency and invoke martial law. The Supreme Court has been dismissed, the chief justice put under house arrest. A thousand lawyers and political opponents […]

Sinking Currency, Sinking Country


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by Patrick J. Buchanan The euro, worth 83 cents in the early George W. Bush years, is at $1.45. The British pound is back up over $2, the highest level since the Carter era. The Canadian dollar, which used to be worth 65 cents, is worth more than the U.S. dollar for the first time […]