Columnists - Pat Buchanan RSS Feed KCTribune Pat Buchanan en-us Copyright 2009 KCTribune Sat, 05 Dec 2009 04:36:31 EST Polk: Forgotten Great <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>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. </p><p>"A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent" is Robert Merry's brilliant biography and history of that time. Merry goes far toward righting the injustice done by historians who have denied this great man his place in the pantheon of presidents, because they believe "Jimmy Polk's War" to have been a war of aggression against a Third World people. </p><p>As Merry relates, the problem is not with "Young Hickory," the protege of Andrew Jackson, but with historians who ever allow political correctness to blind them to true greatness. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 12 Nov 2009 23:00:00 CDT For Whom the Bell Tolls <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>For the Blue Dogs, Tuesday was a fire bell in the night. </p><p>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. </p><p>New Jersey GOP nominee Chris Christie, whose campaign had been the despair of its backers, won a 5-point victory over Jon Corzine, despite huge Democratic advantages in money and voter registration, two visits by Barack Obama and the presence on the ballot of a third-party candidate who took votes away from Christie.</p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 05 Nov 2009 23:00:00 CDT The Fruits of Intervention <p>By Patrick Buchanan</p><p>If we had it to do over, would we send an army into Afghanistan to build a nation?</p><p>Would we invade Iraq? </p><p>While these two wars have cost 5,200 dead, a trillion dollars and a divided America facing an endless war, what have we won? </p><p>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. </p><p>Pakistan, which aided us in Afghanistan, now has a war of its own to fight. Its army is in a battle in South Waziristan, while the country is wracked by terror bombings, the latest in a Peshawar bazaar that specialized in women's clothing and jewelry and toys for kids. So horrific was the toll even the Taliban and al-Qaida denied any role in it. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:35:00 CDT Nixon and Obama -- Soul Brothers? <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>Richard Nixon had been elected in the most turbulent year since the Civil War. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:42:00 CDT The Second Battle of Copenhagen <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>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. </p><p>Many shared the lamentation of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, "What has become of America, when Chicago can't steal an election?" </p><p>A second and more serious battle of Copenhagen is shaping up, in mid-December, when a world conference gathers to impose limits on greenhouse gases to stop "global warming." Primary purpose: Rope in the Americans who refused to submit to the Kyoto Protocols that Al Gore brought home in the Clinton era. </p><p>The long campaign to bring the United States under another global regime -- the newest piece in the architecture of world government -- has been flagging since 2008. Then, it seemed a lock with the election of Obama and a veto-proof Democratic Senate. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:00:00 CDT Hire Americans First! <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>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. </p><p>But as The Washington Times asserts, "America's jobless crisis is much worse than the 9.8 percent unemployment rate." </p><p>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. </p><p>What kept the increase to 0.1 percent? </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 08 Oct 2009 23:00:00 CDT Is Iran Nearing a Bomb? <p>By Patrick J. Buchana</p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>Iran has also been on solid ground in claiming that, as signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, she has a right to enrich uranium and operate nuclear plants, as long as she complies with treaty obligations.</p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 01 Oct 2009 19:41:00 CDT To Lose a War <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>While 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, what happens to health care is not going to change the history of the world. </p><p>What happens in Afghanistan might. </p><p>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." </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:07:00 CDT Race and Stupidity <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN</p><p>God save me from my friends -- I can take care of my enemies. </p><p>So President Obama must be muttering today. </p><p>Ten days ago, the president played his ace of trumps. </p><p>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. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 17 Sep 2009 23:00:00 CDT Is America Coming Apart? <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>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. </p><p>At issue: Should Barack Obama be allowed to address tens of millions of American children, inside their classrooms, during school hours? </p><p>Conservative talk-show hosts saw a White House scheme to turn public schools into indoctrination centers where the socialist ideology of Obama would be spoon-fed to captive audiences of children forced to listen to Big Brother -- and then do assignments on his sermon. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:00:00 CDT Distortions -- or Truths? <p>By Patrick Buchanan</p><p>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." </p><p>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. </p><p>Is Obama right? Are critics misleading and frightening folks with falsehoods about Obamacare? </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 03 Sep 2009 16:58:00 CDT The Get-Cheney Squad <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN</p><p>"Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." </p><p>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. </p><p>Yet, it seems now indisputable that those CIA interrogators, with their rough methods, got vital intelligence that saved American lives, as Dick Cheney has consistently contended.</p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 27 Aug 2009 23:00:00 CDT Sarah and the Death Panels <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN</p><p>"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." </p><p>Of Sarah Palin it may be said: The lady knows how to frame an issue. </p><p>And while she has been fairly criticized for hyperbole about the end-of-life counselors in the House bill, she drew such attention to the provision that Democrats chose to dump it rather than debate it </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:00:00 CDT Unwinnable War? <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>"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: </p><p>"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." </p><p>Source for the story: Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Fri, 14 Aug 2009 01:00:00 CDT A GOP That Can Say No <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>Reports of the death of the Republican Party appear to have been premature.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 06 Aug 2009 19:56:00 CDT Tell Israel: Cool the Jets! <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who is wired into the cabinet of "Bibi" Netanyahu, warns that if Iran's nuclear program is not aborted by December, Israel will strike to obliterate it. </p><p>Defense Secretary Gates' mission to Israel this week, says Bolton, to relay Obama's red light, was listened to attentively, but will not be decisive. </p><p><br />Israel will decide.</p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:00:00 CDT Has Obama's Luck Run Out? <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>"The sound alone was worth the $24 billion!" </p><p>So said fellow Nixon speechwriter Ray Price as the mighty Saturn V rocket lifted Apollo 11 and Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins off the launch pad, three miles away, on the start of their voyage to the moon.</p><p>It was a splendid moment in that first year of the Nixon presidency, a year that had gone remarkably well for a minority president who had come to office with both houses held by the opposition.</p><p>Within weeks of taking office, Nixon had taken a grand tour of the European capitals. He had proposed a Family Assistance Plan, cooked up in Pat Moynihan's shop, to wide applause. He had announced a withdrawal of 100,000 troops from Vietnam. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 23 Jul 2009 23:00:00 CDT Socialist America Sinking <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>After half a century of fighting encroachments upon freedom in America, journalist Garet Garrett published "The People's Pottage." A year later, in 1954, he died. "The People's Pottage" opens thus: </p><p>"There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom." </p><p>Garrett wrote of a revolution within the form. While outwardly America appeared the same, a revolution within had taken place that was now irreversible. One need only glance at where we were before the New Deal, where we are and where we are headed to see how far we are off the course the Founding Fathers set for our republic. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 16 Jul 2009 23:00:00 CDT It Can't Happen Here <p>PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>So grave was the crisis in western China that President Hu Jintao canceled a meeting with President Obama, broke off from the G8 summit and flew home. </p><p><br />By official count, 158 are dead, 1,080 injured and a thousand arrested in ethnic violence between Han Chinese and the Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs of Xinjiang. That is the huge oil-rich province that borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and several Central Asian countries that seceded from the Soviet Union. </p><p><br />Uighur sources put the death toll much higher. </p><p><br />The Communist Party chief in Xinjiang has promised to execute those responsible for the killings. </p> Patrick J. Buchanan Thu, 09 Jul 2009 23:00:00 CDT Hands Off Honduras! <p>&#160;PATRICK J. BUCHANAN </p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Last Saturday, Honduran soldiers marched into the presidential palace, bundled up President Manuel Zelaya and put him on a plane for Costa Rica.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>The ouster had been ordered by the Supreme Court and approved by the Congress, as Zelaya was attempting an illegal referendum to change the Honduran constitution so he could run for another term. <br /></p> Patrick J. Buchanan Fri, 03 Jul 2009 10:22:00 CDT