Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan was a senior advisor to presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, and three times ran for president. His most recent book is Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.


Tribalism Marches On!

Sep 12 2017

Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play. Both had run in


Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress

Sep 08 2017

Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was,

Home Front

What Harvey Wrought

Sep 01 2017

Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and


What Still Unites Us?

Aug 25 2017

Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,”

Culture Clash

America’s Second Civil War

Aug 18 2017

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee—and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as

International Affairs

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

Aug 11 2017

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a


Teheran, Iran

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

Jul 21 2017

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing

Issue of the Century

Flag of Poland

Alone Perhaps, but Is Trump Right?

Jul 11 2017

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade.


Is America Still a Nation?

Jul 04 2017

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the


An America First Korea Policy

Jun 30 2017

“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.” So President Trump


The Passing of the Pelosi Era

Jun 23 2017

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than


X marking the spot of JFK's assassination

A Long History of Leftist Hatred

Jun 16 2017

James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican Congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and

Issue of the Century

The Forever War?

Jun 06 2017

On May 22, Salman Abedi, 22, waiting at the entrance of the Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester, blew himself up, killing almost two dozen

International Affairs

Breakup of the West?

May 30 2017

By the time Air Force One started down the runaway at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, to bring President Trump home, the Atlantic had


Nixon and Trump, Then and Now

May 09 2017

For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects. First, the presidency of Richard Nixon, in whose White House I served from its


Berkeley University, Sather Tower

How Berkeley Birthed the Right

May 05 2017

In December 1964, a Silver Age of American liberalism, to rival the Golden Age of FDR and the New Deal, seemed to be upon us.

International Affairs

War Cries Drown Out ‘America First’

Apr 18 2017

“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter

Middle East Conflict

Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?

Apr 11 2017

By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that


Why Is Kim Jong Un Our Problem?

Apr 04 2017

“If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” So President Donald Trump warns, amid reports North Korea, in its zeal to build


The Ryancare Rout—Winning by Losing?

Mar 28 2017

Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for


Will Russiagate Backfire on the Left?

Mar 21 2017

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based

International Affairs

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Is Turkey Lost to the West?

Mar 14 2017

Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or

International Affairs

Is a Korean Missile Crisis Ahead?

Mar 10 2017

To back up Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis’ warning last month, that the U.S. “remains steadfast in its commitment” to its allies, President Donald Trump


The Beltway Conspiracy to Break Trump

Mar 07 2017

At Mar-a-Lago this weekend President Donald Trump was filled “with fury” says The Washington Post, “mad—steaming, raging, mad.” Early Saturday the fuming president exploded with

Home Front

Is Secession a Solution to Cultural War?

Feb 24 2017

As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war,


Is a Trump-Putin Detente Dead?

Feb 21 2017

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that he read the nation and the world better than his rivals. He saw the surging power