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.

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February 22, 2010, 9:21 AM EST
“I used to think it would take a great financial crisis to get both parties to the table, but we just had one,” said G. William Hoagland, a former adviser to the Senate Republican leadership on fiscal policy. “These days, I wonder if this country is even governable.”   Quoted in The New York Times’ lead story, “Party Gridlock Feeds New Fear of a Debt Crisis,” Hoagland nailed it.   America faces a crisis of democracy. At its heart is a fiscal crisis.  
February 16, 2010, 4:48 AM EST
Did Robert Gibbs let the cat out of the bag?   Last week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the world that Iran, unable to get fuel rods from the West for its U.S.-built reactor, which makes medical isotopes, had begun to enrich its own uranium to 20 percent.   From his perch in the West Wing, Gibbs scoffed: “He (Ahmadinejad) says many things, and many of them turn out to be untrue. We do not believe they have the capability to enrich to the degree to which they now say they are enriching.”  
February 12, 2010, 4:33 AM EST
No, it is not 1860 again. But with all the talk of the 10th Amendment, nullification and interposition, states rights and secession—following Gov. Rick Perry’s misstatement that Texas, on entering the Union in 1845, reserved in its constitution a right to secede—one might think so.   Chalk up another one for those Tea Party activists who exploded in cheers when Sister Sarah brought up the dread word in endorsing Rick Perry in the primary.  
February 9, 2010, 4:23 AM EST
(Editor’s note: The European Union's government-backed lender says it cannot bail out Greece or any other European country that can't pay its debts, the Associated Press reported. The European Investment Bank said in a statement Tuesday that it could "only finance economically viable projects" and that its rules would not allow it help an EU nation cover a budget deficit.)
February 5, 2010, 4:53 AM EST
Republicans already counting the seats they will pick up this fall should keep in mind Obama has a big card yet to play.   Should the president declare he has gone the last mile for a negotiated end to Iran’s nuclear program and impose the “crippling” sanctions he promised in 2008, America would be on an escalator to confrontation that could lead straight to war.   And should war come, that would be the end of GOP dreams of adding three-dozen seats in the House and half a dozen in the Senate.  
February 2, 2010, 4:35 AM EST
A month after Germany surrendered in May 1945, America’s eyes turned to the Far East, where the bloodiest battle of the Pacific war was joined on the island of Okinawa.   Twelve thousand U.S. soldiers and Marines would die—twice as many dead in 82 days of fighting as have died in all the years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.   Within weeks of the battle’s end came Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Three weeks later, Gen. MacArthur took the Japanese surrender on the battleship Missouri.  
January 29, 2010, 4:44 AM EST
President Obama is in a dilemma from which there appears to be no easy or early escape.   Democrats are the Party of Government. They feed it, and it feeds them. The larger government grows, the more agencies that are created, the more bureaucrats who are hired, the more people who become beneficiaries, the more deeply entrenched in power the Party of Government becomes.  
January 26, 2010, 4:44 AM EST
“Elections don’t matter!” conservatives have long groused. “No matter who you vote for, things never change.” Well, we may have an exception here.   Scott Brown told Massachusetts’ voters if they elected him to what David Gergen calls “the Kennedy seat” in the Senate, he would go to Washington and run a sword through Obamacare.  
January 22, 2010, 5:19 AM EST
If Republicans will study the returns from Massachusetts, then review the returns from Virginia and New Jersey, light will fall upon the path to victory over Barack Obama in 2012.   Obama defeated John McCain by winning the black vote 24 to one, the Hispanic vote two to one and taking a larger share of the white vote, 44 percent, than did John Kerry or Al Gore. As the white vote was three-fourths of the national turnout, Obama coasted to victory.  
January 19, 2010, 4:39 AM EST
Whether or not Republican Scott Brown captures the Senate seat in Massachusetts today, his surging and successful campaign is a fire bell in the night for the Party of Government.  
January 15, 2010, 4:36 AM EST
We were blindsided. We never saw it coming. So said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein of the financial crisis of 2008. He likened its probability to four hurricanes hitting the East Coast in a single season.   Blankfein was reminded by the chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Committee, Phil Angelides, that hurricanes are “acts of God.” Financial crises are manmade. Yet Blankfein was backed up by Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan, who said, “Somehow, we just missed ... that home prices don’t go up forever.”  
January 12, 2010, 4:11 AM EST
“We are at war. We are at war against al-Qaida, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9/11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people and that is plotting to strike us again.”   Thus did Barack Obama clear the air as to whether we are at war, and with whom and why.   Following his remarks, during a White House briefing by National Security Council aide John Brennan, Helen Thomas asked a follow-up question to which we almost never hear an answer:  
January 8, 2010, 4:45 AM EST
“America is Losing the Free World,” was the arresting headline over the Financial Times column by Gideon Rachman. His thesis:   The largest democracies of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia—Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, India—are all moving out of America’s orbit. “(T)he assumption that the democracies would stick together is proving unfounded.”  
January 5, 2010, 5:56 AM EST
On New Year’s Day, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki issued an ultimatum to the West: Accept a swap of part of our 2 ton stockpile of low-enriched uranium for your higher-enriched uranium for our U.S.-built reactor, or we start enriching to 20 percent ourselves.   Though the White House is on the defensive for its initial nonchalant response to al-Qaida’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day and has a need to show toughness, to dismiss Iran’s proposal out of hand may be a mistake.  
January 4, 2010, 7:24 AM EST
Had he not proven incompetent to detonate his lap bomb, Umar Farouk Abdulmullatab would have carried off an air massacre to rival Lockerbie. We would all have ended Christmas day watching TV footage of 300 mangled bodies being picked up around Detroit.   The system breakdown was total. His father had reported to the U.S. embassy that Umar had gone extremist, disowned his family and vanished in Yemen. Though the 23-year-old Nigerian had been put on a U.S. terrorist watch list and denied a visa to enter Britain, his U.S. visa was not revoked.  
December 29, 2009, 4:44 AM EST
About the first decade of what was to be the Second American Century, the pessimists have been proven right.   According to the International Monetary Fund, the United States began the century producing 32 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. We ended the decade producing 24 percent. No nation in modern history, save for the late Soviet Union, has seen so precipitous a decline in relative power in a single decade.  
December 22, 2009, 4:41 AM EST
For Democrats like Harry Reid, who called them “evil-mongers,” and Nancy Pelosi, who called them “un-American,” the NBC News poll must have hit like a sucker punch at a Georgetown wine-and-cheese.   The Tea Party movement, those folks rallying against spending last spring and Obamacare in the summer town halls, are viewed more favorably than the Democratic Party.  
December 22, 2009, 4:40 AM EST
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December 15, 2009, 4:47 AM EST