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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April 14, 2009, 6:02 AM EDT
On Good Friday, John Demjanjuk, 89 and gravely ill, was ordered deported to Germany to stand trial as an accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews—at Sobibor camp in Poland.   Sound familiar? It should. It is a re-enactment of the 1986 extradition of John Demjanjuk to Israel to be tried for the murder of 870,000 Jews—at Treblinka camp in Poland.   How many men in the history of this country have been so relentlessly pursued and remorselessly persecuted?   The ordeal of this American Dreyfus began 30 years ago.  
April 10, 2009, 5:38 AM EDT
“No one will say this publicly, but the true fact is we are all talking about our exit strategy from Afghanistan. We are getting out. It may take a couple of years, but we are all looking to get out.”   Thus did a “senior European diplomat” confide to The New York Times during Obama’s trip to Strasbourg. Europe is bailing out on us. Afghanistan is to be America’s war.  
April 7, 2009, 5:32 AM EDT
On Sept. 1, 1939, Hitler’s panzers smashed into Poland. Two days later, an anguished Neville Chamberlain declared war, the most awful war in all of history.   Was the war inevitable? No. No war is inevitable until it has begun. Was it a necessary war? Hearken to Churchill:  
April 3, 2009, 5:59 AM EDT
For the financial crisis that has wiped out trillions in wealth, many have felt the lash of public outrage.   Fannie and Freddie. The idiot-bankers. The AIG bonus babies. The Bush Republicans and Barney Frank Democrats who bullied banks into making mortgages to minorities who could not afford the houses they were moving into.   But the Big Kahuna has escaped—the Federal Reserve.  
March 31, 2009, 7:12 AM EDT
By inviting Barack Obama to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins has polarized the Catholic community nationwide—and raised a question. What does it mean to be a Catholic university in post-Christian America?   Are there truths about faith and morality that are closed to debate at Notre Dame? Or is Notre Dame like London’s Hyde Park, where all ideas and all advocates get a hearing?  
March 27, 2009, 4:37 AM EDT
“In 1877, Lord Salisbury, commenting on Great Britain’s policy on the Eastern Question, noted that ‘the commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.’   “Salisbury was bemoaning the fact that many influential members of the British ruling class could not recognize that history had moved on; they continued to cling to policies and institutions that were relics of another era.”  
March 20, 2009, 5:12 AM EDT
As the U.S. financial crisis broadens and deepens, wiping out the wealth and savings of tens of millions, destroying hopes and dreams, it is hard not to see in all of this history’s verdict upon this generation.  We have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.   For how did this befall us, save through decisions that brushed aside lessons that history and experience had taught our fathers?   It all began with the corruption called sub-prime mortgages.  
March 17, 2009, 5:08 AM EDT
During Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972, his interpreter and I, free for a few hours, conscripted a driver to take us on a tour of Beijing. Somewhere in my files are photos from that day we toured the grim city of Chairman Mao in the time of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.   The interpreter: Charles Freeman—the same Charles Freeman whom Adm. Dennis Blair chose to chair the National Intelligence Council that prepares National Intelligence Estimates on critical national security issues such as Iran’s nuclear program.
March 13, 2009, 6:17 AM EDT
By the choices we make we define ourselves. We reveal our biases and beliefs. And so, too, do our institutions.   In writing the $789 billion stimulus bill, Congress revealed that, for all its “Buy American” blather, it does not truly put America first. It does not believe that 10 million jobless Americans, in the country their fathers built, should receive any preference in hiring 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens who broke into this country and owe her no loyalty, allegiance or love.  
March 10, 2009, 4:42 AM EDT
It was the winter of conservative discontent. Barry Goldwater had gotten only 38 percent of the vote, and his party had suffered its worst thrashing since Alf Landon fell to FDR in 1936.   Democrats held 295 House seats, Republicans 140. They held 68 Senate seats to Republicans’ 32, and 33 governors to the GOP’s 17.   Democratic registration was twice that of the GOP. The liberal press was gleefully writing the obituary of “The Party That Lost Its Head.”  
March 6, 2009, 5:36 AM EST
Heeding the advice of Gen. David Petraeus, Barack Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan and will keep 50,000 in Iraq after U.S. combat operations end in August 2010.   But are U.S. vital interests more threatened by what happens in Anbar or Helmand than in the war raging along our southern border?  
March 3, 2009, 4:43 AM EST
In his campaign and inaugural address, Barack Obama cast himself as a moderate man seeking common ground with conservatives.   Yet, his budget calls for the radical restructuring of the U.S. economy, a sweeping redistribution of power and wealth to government and Democratic constituencies. It is a declaration of war on the Right.   The real Obama has stood up, and lived up to his ranking as the most left-wing member of the United States Senate.  
February 27, 2009, 5:48 AM EST
“Real men go to Tehran!” brayed the neoconservatives, after the success of their propaganda campaign to have America march on Baghdad and into an unnecessary war that has forfeited all the fruits of our Cold War victory.   Now they are back, in pursuit of what has always been their great goal: an American war on Iran. It would be a mistake to believe they and their collaborators cannot succeed a second time. Consider:  
February 24, 2009, 5:04 AM EST
Lecturing a conscript conclave of Justice Department bureaucrats, Attorney General Eric Holder last week called America a “nation of cowards” for not spending more time talking about race.   Reading his speech, however, one recalls the sage counsel of Pat Moynihan to President Nixon in 1970: This whole subject might benefit from a long period of “benign neglect.”  
February 20, 2009, 5:57 AM EST
“The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating,” said President Obama, as he announced deployment of 17,000 more U.S. troops.   “I’m absolutely convinced that you cannot solve the problem of Afghanistan, the Taliban, the spread of extremism in that region, solely through military means.”   “(T)here is no military solution in Afghanistan,” says Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Said U.S. Commander Gen. David McKiernan yesterday, U.S. and NATO forces are “stalemated.”  
February 17, 2009, 4:37 AM EST
“Bush Boom Continues” trilled the headline over the Lawrence Kudlow column, as George W. Bush closed out his seventh year in office.   “You can call it Goldilocks 2.0,” purred Kudlow.   Yes, you could. But what a difference 12 months can make.   Final returns are now in on the eight years of George Bush. Charles McMillion of MBG Information Services has crunched the numbers. And, pace Kudlow, the only relevant comparison is to Herbert Hoover.  
February 13, 2009, 4:22 AM EST
The day before Richard Holbrooke arrived in Kabul, eight suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Justice and Education ministries, killing 26 and wounding 57.   Kabul was paralyzed, as the Taliban displayed an ability to wreak havoc within a hundred yards of the presidential palace.   The assault came as President Obama is both conducting a strategic review and deciding how many additional U.S. troops to send.  
February 10, 2009, 6:21 AM EST
“British jobs for British workers!” thundered Gordon Brown, as he emerged from the shadow of Tony Blair to become prime minister.   His populist sloganeering has now come back to bite him.   Across Britain, thousands laid down tools in wildcat strikes in solidarity with a walkout from a French-owned oil refinery in North Killinghome—to protest a $300 million contract to an Italian company that plans to bring in 400 Italian and Portuguese workers to fulfill it.  
February 6, 2009, 5:41 AM EST
With reports circulating of its imminent demise, The New York Times announced in January that it had found a white knight.   Sort of. For the knight in question, who already owns 6 percent of the sinking Times and was investing $250 million in notes carrying 14 percent interest, was Carlos Slim. Reputedly the richest man in the world, taking the title from Bill Gates in 2007, Carlos is not so highly regarded in his own country.  
February 3, 2009, 4:56 AM EST
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” sayeth Rahm.   Opportunistic and cynical, yes. But also savvy political counsel that transformational presidents have always followed.   FDR exploited the Depression to launch his New Deal, bring an end to a Republican hegemony of seven decades and make Democrats the majority party, until Richard Nixon picked the lock.