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 […]

Is George W. Bush an Imperialist?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – January 29, 2003 Though Iraq does not threaten us, has not attacked us, cannot defeat us, and does not want war with us, the United States is about to invade and occupy that country. If we do, it will be the first purely imperial war in our history, a war […]

Is the Global Economy About to Crash

by Patrick J. Buchanan – January 27, 2003 Among those predicting the crash of the bubble market of the 1990s, this writer was among the first. Putting my money behind that prediction, I pulled my pension funds out of the market and placed them into bonds with a fixed rate of return. Unfortunately, my pullout […]

Moral Corruption in Illinois

by Patrick J. Buchanan – January 25, 2003 Declaring the imposition of the death penalty to be “arbitrary, capricious … and immoral,” Illinois’ exiting, scandal-plagued Gov. George Ryan commuted the death sentence of every rapist-murderer and child-killer in the state. This decision “commands respect,” cooed the Washington Post. Gov. Ryan “leaves Illinois a better place.” […]

Kamikaze McCain

by Patrick J. Buchanan – January 22, 2003 Is the War Party setting up President Bush for a charge of having carried off an Asian Munich? So it would appear. In a bylined piece by John McCain in The Weekly Standard (“Don’t Appease Pyongyang”), Bush is warned: Do not return to the status quo with […]

Bush Hits a Double on Quotas

by Patrick J. Buchanan – January 20, 2003 Unfortunately, President Bush’s powerful words condemning the race-based admissions tests at the University of Michigan did not extend to the entire idea of “affirmative action.” For that phrase has to come to mean quotas and racial preferences that are every bit as odious as the policies they […]