Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan was a senior advisor to presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, and three times ran for president. His most recent book is Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.


Trump—Middle American Radical

Feb 09 2018

President Trump is the leader of America’s conservative party. Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert


A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic

Feb 01 2018

“All the News That’s Fit to Print” proclaims the masthead of The New York Times. “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” echoes The Washington Post. “The people

Issue of the Century

Trump: In Immigration Debate, Race Matters

Jan 16 2018

President Trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. ... I cannot believe ... any president has ever spoken the words that I ...

International Affairs

Little Rocket Man Wins the Round

Jan 12 2018

After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States, and called President Trump “a dotard,”


The Times Rides to Mueller’s Rescue

Jan 02 2018

What caused the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, which evolved into the criminal investigation that is said


Republicans Bet the Farm

Dec 22 2017

President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan’s House just put the future of their party on the line. By

International Affairs

What Should We Fight For?

Dec 12 2017

“We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. “Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until


Mikheil Saakashvili

The Nutball the Neocons Wanted in NATO

Dec 08 2017

Even interventionists are regretting some of the wars into which they helped plunge the United States in this century. Among those wars are Afghanistan and


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Why Roy Moore Matters

Nov 28 2017

Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct


Unserious Nation

Nov 21 2017

How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving? How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”? To those

International Affairs

Mohammed bin Salman

Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia

Nov 14 2017

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that


That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

Nov 10 2017

The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard


Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

Oct 24 2017

“The Kurds have no friends but the mountains,” is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds. As their

International Affairs

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Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

Oct 17 2017

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road


Mike Pence

Trump Embraces the Culture War

Oct 10 2017

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor

Hate Cries

Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?

Sep 19 2017

“The Barbarian cannot make ... he can befog and destroy but ... he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of


Tribalism Marches On!

Sep 12 2017

Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play. Both had run in


Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress

Sep 08 2017

Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was,

Home Front

What Harvey Wrought

Sep 01 2017

Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and


What Still Unites Us?

Aug 25 2017

Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,”

Culture Clash

America’s Second Civil War

Aug 18 2017

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee—and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as

International Affairs

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

Aug 11 2017

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a


Teheran, Iran

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

Jul 21 2017

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing

Issue of the Century

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Alone Perhaps, but Is Trump Right?

Jul 11 2017

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade.


Is America Still a Nation?

Jul 04 2017

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the


An America First Korea Policy

Jun 30 2017

“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.” So President Trump