Pat Buchanan has been a senior adviser to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. Buchanan has written eight books, including four New York Times best-sellers. He is married to the former Shelley Ann Scarney, a member of the White House staff from 1969 to 1975.

My Articles

November 17, 2009, 4:20 AM EST
Are we at war—or not?   For if we are at war, why is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed headed for trial in federal court in the Southern District of New York? Why is he entitled to a presumption of innocence and all of the constitutional protections of a U.S. citizen?   Is it possible we have done an injustice to this man by keeping him locked up all these years without trial? For that is what this trial implies—that he may not be guilty.  
November 13, 2009, 4:59 AM EST
As America debates whether to send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan, in the ninth year of a war for ends we cannot discern, a riveting new history recalls times when Americans fought for vital national interests.  
November 10, 2009, 5:15 AM EST
Nidal Malik Hasan was two men. One was the proud Army major who wore battle fatigues to mosque; the other, the proud Arab who wore Muslim garb in civilian life.   What brought Hasan’s identities into fatal conflict was his belief that Iraq and Afghanistan were unjust wars, and his shock that he, a Muslim, was to be sent to serve in one of those wars, against fellow Muslims—a sin against Allah meriting damnation.  
November 6, 2009, 4:24 AM EST
For the Blue Dogs, Tuesday was a fire bell in the night.   Virginia Republicans led by Robert McDonnell crushed the most conservative Democrat nominee in decades, rolling up a victory that rivaled Ronald Reagan’s rout of Walter Mondale.  
November 3, 2009, 4:38 AM EST
When America is about to throw an ally to the wolves, we follow an established ritual. We discover that the man we supported was never really morally fit to be a friend or partner of the United States.   When Chiang Kai-shek, who fought the Japanese for four years before Pearl Harbor, began losing to Mao’s Communists, we did not blame ourselves for being a faithless ally, we blamed him. He was incompetent; he was corrupt. We did not lose China. He did.  
October 30, 2009, 5:22 AM EDT
If we had it to do over, would we send an army into Afghanistan to build a nation? Would we invade Iraq?   While these two wars have cost 5,200 dead, a trillion dollars and a divided America facing an endless war, what have we won?   Gen. Stanley McChrystal needs 40,000 to 80,000 more troops, or we risk “mission failure” in Afghanistan. At present casualty rates—October was the worst month of the war—thousands more Americans will die before we see any light at the end of this tunnel, if ever we do.  
October 27, 2009, 4:27 AM EDT
“Sometimes party loyalty asks too much,” said JFK.   For Sarah Palin, party loyalty in New York’s 23rd congressional district asks too much. Going rogue, Palin endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava.   On Oct. 1, Scozzafava was leading. Today, she trails Democrat Bill Owens and is only a few points ahead of Hoffman, as Empire State conservatives defect to vote their principles, not their party.  
October 23, 2009, 4:24 AM EDT
Four decades ago, Lamar Alexander worked in Richard Nixon’s White House. Sen. Alexander today says Barack Obama’s White House reminds him of that place, that time, that mindset and those people.   Intending no disrespect to my old colleague, these days are not at all like those days, and this president and White House are nothing like the White House in which this writer worked from Inauguration Day 1969 to August 1974, when Marine One lifted off the lawn.   Richard Nixon had been elected in the most turbulent year since the Civil War.
October 20, 2009, 4:55 AM EDT
In the brief age of Obama, we have had “truthers,” “birthers,” Tea Party activists and town-hall dissenters.   Comes now, the “Oath Keepers.” And who might they be?   Writes Alan Maimon in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oath Keepers, depending on where one stands, are “either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia.”  
October 16, 2009, 4:39 AM EDT
Before President Obama even landed at Andrews Air Force Base, returning from his mission to Copenhagen to win the 2016 Olympic Games, Chicago had been voted off the island.   Many shared the lamentation of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, “What has become of America, when Chicago can’t steal an election?”  
October 13, 2009, 5:09 AM EDT
All my life, said Voltaire, I have had but one prayer: “O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous. And God granted it.”   In awarding the Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Obama, the Nobel committee has just made itself look ridiculous.   Consider. Though they had lead roles in ending a Cold War lasting half a century, between a nuclear-armed Soviet Empire and the West, neither Ronald Reagan nor John Paul II ever got a Nobel Prize.  
October 9, 2009, 4:14 AM EDT
September’s unemployment figures were not only disappointing—they were grim.   For the 21st straight month, Americans lost jobs. Fifteen million are out of work -- 5 million for more than six months. But as The Washington Times asserts, “America’s jobless crisis is much worse than the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.”   The U.S. economy actually lost 785,000 jobs in September, which should have pushed the 9.7 percent August unemployment figure far higher than just 0.1 percent to 9.8 percent.  
October 6, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT
The Pentagon's pre-emptive strike came with the leak of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's confidential review of the Afghan war to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post. McChrystal's painting of the military picture was grim. "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."
October 2, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT
Impending today are two of the most critical decisions President Barack Obama will ever make, which may determine the fate of his presidency, as well as the future of the United States in the Near and Middle East.   The first is whether to approve Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for thousands more U.S. troops he says he needs to prevent "mission failure" -- i.e, to stave off a U.S. defeat in Afghanistan.  
September 29, 2009, 5:31 AM EDT
That Iran is building a secret underground facility near the holy city of Qom, under custody of the Revolutionary Guard—too small to be a production center for nuclear fuel, but just right for the enrichment of uranium to weapons grade—is grounds for concern, but not panic.   Heretofore, all of Iran’s nuclear facilities, even the enrichment plant at Natanz—kept secret before exiles blew the whistle in 2002 -- have been consistent with a peaceful nuclear program.  
September 25, 2009, 5:11 AM EDT
America was consumed this summer with quarrels over town-hall radicals, “death panels,” the “public option” and racism’s role in the plunging polls of Barack Obama, even though what happens to health care is not going to change the history of the world. What happens in Afghanistan might.   Gen. Stanley McChrystal has done his duty. He has bluntly told his commander in chief what he must have in added combat troops and warned that if he does not get them, America faces “mission failure.”  
September 22, 2009, 4:59 AM EDT
In August, the Georgian navy seized a Turkish tanker carrying fuel to Abkhazia, Georgia’s former province whose declaration of independence a year ago is recognized by Russia but not the West.   The Turkish captain was sentenced to 24 years. When Ankara protested, he was released. Abkhazia has now threatened to sink any Georgian ship interfering in its “territorial waters,” but it has no navy.  
September 18, 2009, 9:29 AM EDT
God save me from my friends—I can take care of my enemies.   So President Obama must be muttering today.   Ten days ago, the president played his ace of trumps.   He went before a joint session of Congress to lay out his health care plans, confront the “demagoguery” of critics who had resorted to “distortion,” “misinformation” and “tall tales,” and rally progressives and Blue Dogs to reunite and drive on to victory.  
September 15, 2009, 4:17 AM EDT
Down at the Chinese outlet store in Albany known as Wal-Mart, Chinese tires have so successfully undercut U.S.-made tires that the Cooper Tire factory in that south Georgia town had to shut down.   Twenty-one hundred Georgians lost their jobs.   The tale of Cooper Tire and what it portends is told in last week’s Washington Post by Peter Whoriskey.   How could tires made on the other side of the world, then shipped to Albany, Ga., be sold for less than tires made in Albany? Here’s how.  
September 11, 2009, 4:58 AM EDT
Flying home from London, where the subject of formal debate on the 70th anniversary of World War II had been whether Winston Churchill was a liability or asset to the Free World, one arrives in the middle of a far more acrimonious national debate right here in the United States.   At issue: Should Barack Obama be allowed to address tens of millions of American children, inside their classrooms, during school hours?