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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December 11, 2009, 4:33 AM EST
December 8, 2009, 4:29 AM EST
At last week’s jobs summit, there was talk of a second stimulus package, of tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers, of an Infrastructure Bank to select national priority pubic works projects like the Hoover Dam and TVA of yesteryear.   But no one, it seems, advanced the one obvious idea that would have the most immediate and dramatic impact—a moratorium on all immigration into the United States.  
December 4, 2009, 4:47 AM EST
If actions speak louder than words, President Obama is cutting America free of George Bush’s wars and coming home.   For his bottom line Tuesday night was that all U.S. forces will be out of Iraq by mid-2011 and the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will, on that date, begin to get smaller and smaller.   Yet the gap between the magnitude of the crisis he described and the action he is taking is the Grand Canyon.  
December 1, 2009, 4:39 AM EST
Led by a conflicted president of a divided party and nation, America is deepening her involvement in a war in its ninth year with no end in sight.   Only one parallel to Barack Obama’s troop decision comes to mind: the 2007 decision by George W. Bush to ignore the Baker Commission and put Gen. David Petraeus in command of a “surge” of 30,000 troops into Iraq.  
November 30, 2009, 4:35 AM EST
With the House debate on health care at its hottest, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a stunning ultimatum: Impose an absolute ban on tax funds for abortions, or we call for defeat of the Pelosi bill.   Message received. The Stupak Amendment, named for Bart Stupak of Michigan, was promptly passed, to the delight of pro-life Catholics and the astonished outrage of pro-abortion Democrats.  
November 24, 2009, 4:42 AM EST
“This state visit is ... a terrible mistake,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.   “He is illegitimate with his own people, and Brazil is now going to give him the air of legitimacy at a time when the world is trying to figure out how to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons.”   Engel was speaking of the state visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that began Monday, at the invitation of President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva of Brazil.  
November 20, 2009, 5:19 AM EST
As George W. Bush famously asked, “Is our children learning?”  Apparently not in the twin capitals of liberalism, Washington, D.C., and New York.   In a ranking of 50 states and D.C. by how much each spent per pupil in public schools in 2005, New York ranked first; D.C. third. The state spent $14,100, and New York City just a tad less.   And the bountiful fruits of this massive transfer of taxpayers’ wealth?  
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."