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

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?  
September 10, 2009, 6:04 AM EDT
If the aphorism holds—the guerrilla wins if he does not lose—the Taliban are winning and America is losing the war in Afghanistan.   Well into the eighth year of war, the Taliban are more numerous than ever, inflicting more casualties than ever, operating in more provinces than ever and controlling more territory than ever. And their tactics are more sophisticated.  
September 4, 2009, 4:57 AM EDT
We should have “an honest debate” on health care, said Barack Obama in his Aug. 22 radio address, “not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions.”   Among the “phony claims” made against the House bill, says the president, are that it provides funding for abortions, guarantees coverage for illegal aliens, contains “death panels” and represents a federal takeover of the health care system.  
September 1, 2009, 4:39 AM EDT
On Sept. 1, 1939, 70 years ago, the German Army crossed the Polish frontier. On Sept. 3, Britain declared war.   Six years later, 50 million Christians and Jews had perished. Britain was broken and bankrupt, Germany a smoldering ruin. Europe had served as the site of the most murderous combat known to man, and civilians had suffered worse horrors than the soldiers.  
August 28, 2009, 5:37 AM EDT
“Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”   George Orwell’s truth comes to mind as one reads that Eric Holder has named a special prosecutor to go after the “rough men” who, to keep us sleeping peacefully at night, went too far in frightening Khalid Sheik Muhammad, the engineer of the September massacres.  
August 25, 2009, 4:31 AM EDT
“We just can’t afford it!” Not long ago, every America child heard that, at one time or another, in the home in which he or she was raised.   “We just can’t afford it!” It may have been a new car, or two weeks at the beach, or the new flat-panel TV screen.   Every family knew there were times you had to do without. Every father and mother has had to disappoint their kids with those words. Why is it that what parents do many times a year politicians seem incapable of doing: saying no.  
August 21, 2009, 5:28 AM EDT
“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”   Of Sarah Palin it may be said: The lady knows how to frame an issue.  
August 18, 2009, 4:47 AM EDT
What happened to the Age of Obama?   Glancing over the New York Times Book Review Sunday, one finds three of the top four non-fiction best-sellers were written by conservatives—columnist Michelle Malkin, talk-show host Mark Levin and Fox News contributor Dick Morris.   At No. 10, in its 40th week on the list, is Bill O’Reilly’s memoir. No. 1 best-seller in paperback: Glenn Beck’s “Common Sense.”  
August 14, 2009, 4:28 AM EDT
“Taliban Are Winning: U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Warns of Rising Casualties.” Thus ran the startling headline on the front-page of The Wall Street Journal. The lead paragraph ran thus:   “The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency’s spiritual home.”  
August 11, 2009, 4:20 AM EDT
To hear the Obamaites, those raucous crowds pouring into town hall meetings are “mobs” of “thugs” whose rage has been “manufactured” by K Street lobbyists and right-wing Republican operatives.   Press secretary Robert Gibbs compares them to the Young Republicans of the “Brooks Brothers riot” during the Florida recount.  
August 7, 2009, 4:31 AM EDT
Reports of the death of the Republican Party appear to have been premature.   Not since Sen. Bob Griffin derailed LBJ’s scheme to replace Chief Justice Earl Warren with crony Abe Fortas, before Nixon got to the Oval Office, has the GOP defied this city and voted to reject a liberal judicial activist for the court.   In 1970, after revelations of scandal forced Fortas to resign, Rep. Gerald Ford moved to impeach “Wild Bill” Douglas on similar grounds. Then the fire went out—for 40 years.