Time to Engage Iran?

Iran does not want a clash with the United States. And unlike Milosevic and Saddam, neither of whom wanted a war, either, Iran is determined not to give the neoconservatives the pretext to launch one. This is behind Tehran’s grudging acceptance of the British-French-German initiative to arrest Iran’s nuclear program by forcing a shutdown of … Continue reading “Time to Engage Iran?”

The Sweetheart Contract With Sharon

“In a better world, the PLO chief would have met his end on a gallows, hanged for mass murder much as the Nazi chiefs were hanged at Nuremberg. … In a better world, George Bush would not have said, on hearing the first reports that Arafat had died, ‘God bless his soul.’ ”God bless his … Continue reading “The Sweetheart Contract With Sharon”

The Wedge Politics of Osama bin Laden

To the workers, peasants and soldiers of a war-weary Russia in 1917, Lenin promised “peace, land and bread.” To Germans of the Great Depression, Hitler promised an end to war reparations and the overturning of the injustices of Versailles. Now, Osama bin Laden, with his remarkable videotape on the eve of the U.S. election, seeks … Continue reading “The Wedge Politics of Osama bin Laden”

The Resurrection of ‘America First!’

Two years ago, when The American Conservative magazine was launched, Franklin Foer of The New Republic accorded us a gracious welcome. “Buchanan’s Surefire Flop,” he titled his essay. It began, “Buchanan and his rich friends could not have chosen a worse time to start a journal of the isolationist right.” Foer went on: “9/11 hasn’t … Continue reading “The Resurrection of ‘America First!’”

Has Kerry Found His Footing?

After the swift boat attacks of August and the Rathergate debacle – CBS’ botched attempt to paint President Bush as an insolent National Guard officer deserving of court martial – John Kerry seems to have found his footing. Kerry seems a liberated man. He is now pummeling the president on the great issue of this … Continue reading “Has Kerry Found His Footing?”

Bin Laden’s Useful Idiots

Of all Ronald Reagan’s achievements, among the greatest was that this president who began his term declaring the Soviet Union an “evil empire” was, by the end of his tenure, strolling through Red Square with Mikhail Gorbachev to the cheers of the Russian people. That the Cold War ended without our tearing our nations to … Continue reading “Bin Laden’s Useful Idiots”

A Peace Bloodier Than War

Since the transfer of power to a provisional government in Baghdad at the end of June, more Americans have died in combat than during Gen. Franks’ invasion. In August, 1,000 U.S. soldiers were wounded, the highest figure for any month. "The ‘peace’ has been bloodier than the war," Capt. Russell Burgos, returning from duty in … Continue reading “A Peace Bloodier Than War”

Terrorism Is the Price of Empire

Pat Buchanan spoke with Bill Maher on Sept. 3 about Iraq and the "War on Terror." The following is a transcript from Real Time With Bill Maher. MAHER: First of all, if Osama bin Laden was captured and killed today, it would have the same effect on terrorism as Ray Kroc had dying for McDonald’s. … Continue reading “Terrorism Is the Price of Empire”

Pollardites in the Pentagon?

In 1987, Jonathan Pollard, U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was imprisoned for life for selling a roomful of U.S. secret documents to Israel. Tel Aviv refused to return them. At the Clinton-Netanyahu summit at Wye River, Pollard became a subject of contention. ”Bibi” Netanyahu wanted to fly the American traitor back to Israel where he is … Continue reading “Pollardites in the Pentagon?”

Is America Finally Coming Home?

At the close of his address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars a week ago, President Bush announced a redeployment of 70,000 U.S. troops and 100,000 family members and civilian employees from overseas bases. Some of the troops may go to East Europe or Central Asia, but, mainly, they and their families will be coming … Continue reading “Is America Finally Coming Home?”