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

June 23, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT
Given its monopoly of guns, bet on the Iranian regime. But, in the long run, the ayatollahs have to see the handwriting on the wall. Let us assume what they insist upon – that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the June 12 election; that, even if fraud occurred, it did not decide the outcome. As Ayatollah Khamenei said to loud laughter in his Friday sermon declaring the election valid, "Perhaps 100,000, or 500,000, but how can anyone tamper with 11 million votes?"
June 19, 2009, 4:34 AM EDT
On Dec. 14, 1825, following the death of Alexander I—who had seen off Napoleon—his brother, the grand duke, who had just taken the oath as Czar Nicholas I, was confronted by mutinous troops and rebels in Senate Square before the Winter Palace.   For hours, the czar stood at the end of the square as the crowd shouted for a constitution or for Nicholas’ brother Constantine to take the throne. Shots were exchanged.  
June 16, 2009, 4:25 AM EDT
The Obama policy of extending an open hand to Iran is working and should not be abandoned because of the grim events in Tehran.   For the Iranian theocracy has just administered a body blow to its legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people and the world.   Before Saturday, the regime could credibly posture as defender of the nation, defiant in the face of the threats from Israel, faithful to the cause of the Palestinians, standing firm for Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful nuclear power.  
June 12, 2009, 4:25 AM EDT
Having lost the Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008, Republicans are looking to redefine themselves for a nation that still leans conservative but is less Republican than it has been in decades.   The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court presents just such an opportunity. For, even if the party loses the battle and Sotomayor sits on the court, it can win the war, as Ronald Reagan won the Panama Canal debate, even as Senate Republicans committed collective suicide by voting to give away the canal.  
June 9, 2009, 12:08 PM EDT
Despite his boldness, Barack Obama seems as fated to fail as were Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter. And for the same reason: a belief in his own righteousness and moral superiority, and a belief that his ideals and his persona count mightily in the modern world.   Wilson declaimed about America’s fight to “make the world safe for democracy” when in harness with the British, French, Russian, Japanese and Italian empires, all slavering to feast on the carcasses of the Hohenzollern, Habsburg and Ottoman empires.  
June 5, 2009, 4:47 AM EDT
“I have to admire the residents of Iroquois territory for assuming that they have a right to determine where Jews lives in Jerusalem.”   Thus did Israeli government press director Daniel Seamen caustically dismiss President Obama’s opposition to Israel’s right to “natural growth” of its settlements in Arab East Jerusalem and on the West Bank.  
June 2, 2009, 4:58 AM EDT
If the U.S. Senate rejects race-based justice, Sonia Sotomayor will never sit on the Supreme Court.   Because that is what Sonia is all about. As The New York Times reported Saturday, the salient cause of her career has been advancing persons of color, over whites, based on race and national origin.  
May 29, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT
When you think about it, Sonia Sotomayor is the perfect pick for the Supreme Court—in Barack Obama’s America.   Like Obama, himself a beneficiary of affirmative action, she thinks “Latina women,” because of their life experience, make better judicial decisions than white men, that discrimination against white men to advance people of color is what America is all about, that appellate courts are “where policy is made” in the United States.  
May 19, 2009, 4:43 AM EDT
If there are no peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians for an independent Palestinian state, war next year is inevitable.   So King Abdullah II of Jordan has told the London Times: “If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12 to 18 months.”  
May 12, 2009, 4:36 AM EDT
As was evident at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it is déjà vu – 1961 -- all over again. We have a young, cool, witty, personable president—and an adoring press corps.   “I am Barack Obama,” the president introduced himself. “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter and applause.) Apologies to the Fox table. (Laughter.)”  
May 8, 2009, 5:25 AM EDT
Having lost both houses of Congress and the White House in two straight elections, Republicans are going through an identity crisis, its leaders holding town hall meetings to “listen” to the people.   “What should we focus on? Should we drop the social issues? How do we get the young people back?”   Such angst and soul-searching is not the mark of the leader, but the mark of a man suffering from doubt and despair.  
May 5, 2009, 5:22 AM EDT
For conservatives fretful over the future of the party to which they have given allegiance, “How Barack Obama Won: A State by State Guide to the Historic 2008 Election” reads like something out of Edgar Allan Poe.   Co-authored by NBC’s Chuck Todd, it is a grim tale of what happened to the GOP in 2008, and what the future may hold.  
May 1, 2009, 5:15 AM EDT
Because of the peril of swine flu, Joe Biden said on Thursday he would urge his family to stay out of “confined places” like airplanes and subways here in the United States.   Yet, the Obama administration will not consider closing the United States to airplanes and buses coming in from the epicenter of the epidemic, Mexico City. Does this contradiction make sense?  
April 28, 2009, 5:06 AM EDT
After opening the door to a truth commission to investigate torture by the CIA of al-Qaida subjects, and leaving the door open to prosecution of higher-ups, President Obama walked the cat back.   He is now opposed to a truth commission. That means it is dead. He is no longer interested in prosecutions. That means no independent counsel—for now.  
April 24, 2009, 5:53 AM EDT
Does Barack Obama understand the people he leads? Do his aides?   These may seem cheeky questions to ask of a team that just won the presidency. But there is something in their cool, insouciant, blase demeanor, in the face of insults to their country, that suggests there yet exists a chasm—between them and us.  
April 21, 2009, 5:16 AM EDT
For 50 minutes, Obama sat mute, as a Marxist thug from Nicaragua delivered his diatribe, charging America with a century of terrorist aggression in Central America.   After Daniel Ortega finished spitting in our face, accusing us of inhumanity toward Fidel Castro’s Cuba, Obama was asked his thoughts. “I thought it was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.”   Hillary Clinton was asked to comment: “I thought the cultural performance was fascinating,” she cooed.  
April 17, 2009, 6:24 AM EDT
At the request of the White House, Georgetown University covered up all the symbols in Gaston Hall, before the Great Man spoke, including IHS, the millennia-old monogram for the name of Jesus Christ.   Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, had adopted the monogram in his seal and it became an emblem of the Jesuit order.   When it comes to rendering unto Caesar, Georgetown is not going to be outshone by Notre Dame, which stole a march by offering the nation’s avatar of abortion a doctorate of laws degree, honoris causa.  
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: