Tonkin Gulf II and the Guns of August?

by Patrick J. Buchanan Is the United States provoking war with Iran, to begin while the Congress is conveniently on its August recess? One recalls that it was in August 1964, after the Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, that the Tonkin Gulf incident occurred. Twice it was said, on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, North Vietnamese […]

The Prince of Darkness

by Patrick J. Buchanan “Come here,” Richard Nixon whispered. I did – as Nixon peeled the curtain back to reveal a group of reporters gathered for his press briefing. “There,” Nixon nodded. “That is the enemy.” Nixon had directed my attention to a swarthy fellow seated in the front row, separate from the rest, who […]

A Triumph for Traditionalists

by Patrick J. Buchanan Elevated to the papacy at 78, Benedict XVI will take no action greater in significance for the Catholic Church than his motu proprio declaring that the Latin Mass must be said in every diocese – on the request of the faithful. Dissenting bishops must comply. “What earlier generations held as sacred […]

How Scooter Skated

by Patrick J. Buchanan Why did Bush do it? Why did he suddenly barge into the legal process and erase the entire 30-month sentence of Scooter Libby? For, from his own statement, Bush found the act deeply distasteful. In that statement, Bush calls Libby’s crimes “serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice.” He praises […]

In Defeat, A Bush Opportunity

by Patrick J. Buchanan “I’ll see you at the bill signing,” said a cocky George W. Bush in Bulgaria, when he heard the Senate had just fallen 15 votes short of voting cloture on the Kennedy-Kyl immigration bill he had embraced. Bush returned home, went to the Hill and implored the Senate Republicans to resurrect […]

The Retreat of the GOP Old Bulls

by Patrick J. Buchanan What was anticipated in September, the retreat of the old bulls of the Republican Party from the Bush war policy, happened in June. The beginning of the end of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war is at hand. “I rise today,” said Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana on Monday, “to offer […]

Does Bloomberg Spell Doom for Hillary?

by Patrick J. Buchanan The presidential candidacy of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is already a smashing success. A mere change of registration from Republican to independent has garnered him a cornucopia of free and favorable publicity some candidates do not receive in a year of campaigning. The mayor has replaced Fred Thompson as the […]

The Martyr of Mosul

by Patrick J. Buchanan On April 1 – Palm Sunday – after bullets were fired into the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul, Iraq, during mass, the pastor, Father Ragheed Ganni, a Chaldean Catholic, e-mailed friends at the Asia Times: “We empathize with Christ, who entered Jerusalem in full knowledge that the consequence of […]