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 […]

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.” […]