Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 24 May 2018 23:40:21 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate a1b38a8aae0b47e6164238d1a7d18c50 Is US Bellicosity Backfiring? for 05/25/2018 Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.</p> <p>Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the "Libya model" for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Jong Un. To North Korea, the Libya model means the overthrow and murder of Libya strongman Col. Gadhafi, after he surrendered his WMD.<p>Updated: Fri May 25, 2018</p> 9d01e0af3c1ae56630fcaac67f488c0a Can a Pope Change Moral Truth? for 05/22/2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>That joking retort we heard as children, "Is the pope Catholic?" is starting to look like a serious question.</p> <p>Asked five years ago about a "gay lobby" in the Vatican, Pope Francis responded, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?"<p>Updated: Tue May 22, 2018</p> 538384ebeb2ac3e0e2c880ce72c3b86b A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond for 05/18/2018 Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. <p>Updated: Fri May 18, 2018</p> e877be50010265f56d086004cdd44577 Israel at 70: Bibi's Troubled Hour of Power for 05/15/2018 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph.</p> <p>Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria.<p>Updated: Tue May 15, 2018</p> 9e364c737970dfe23b22dba7c8f26419 Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now? for 05/11/2018 Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions.</p> <p>Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that their ties to Iran are to be severed, or secondary sanctions will be imposed on them. </p> <p>Driving the point home, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ordered Airbus to cancel its $19 billion contract to sell 100 commercial planes to Iran. <p>Updated: Fri May 11, 2018</p> 3afdf57cf0459c15c1ca946d8e2a1a5a Don't Trash the Nuclear Deal! for 05/08/2018 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into these forever wars.</p> <p>Friday will see the sixth in a row of weekly protests at the Gaza border fence in clashes that have left 40 Palestinians dead and 1,500 wounded by live fire from Israeli troops.<p>Updated: Tue May 08, 2018</p> f926dd937bc72e6c9c1bf6e5efcc01b5 Memo to Trump: Defy Mueller for 05/04/2018 Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. </p> <p>Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the subpoena, and frame it for viewing in Trump Tower.<p>Updated: Fri May 04, 2018</p> c79bb8fb3a9a8398d52427f7a17dfcfc Smut Night at the Press Dinner for 05/01/2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who "speak truth to power," has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps.</p> <p>Comedian Michelle Wolf, the guest speaker, recited one filthy joke after another at the expense of President Trump and his people, using words that would have gotten her kicked out of school not so long ago. <p>Updated: Tue May 01, 2018</p> f093891f86c8482550da67e7781daa73 Macron: The Last Multilateralist for 04/27/2018 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Together," President Macron instructed President Trump, "we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world." </p> <p>Before Congress he denounced "extreme nationalism," invoked the U.N., NATO, WTO, and Paris climate accord, and implored Trump's America to come home to the New World Order. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> a2a3a75962861476edda0588f27fb7b3 With Nixon in '68: The Year America Came Apart for 04/27/2018 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the night of Jan. 31, 1968, as tens of thousands of Viet Cong guerrillas attacked the major cities of South Vietnam, in violation of a Lunar New Year truce, Richard Nixon was flying secretly to Boston. At 29, and Nixon's longest-serving aide, I was with him. Advance man Nick Ruwe met us at Logan Airport and drove us to a motel in Nashua, New Hampshire, where Nixon had been preregistered as "Benjamin Chapman." The next day, only hours before the deadline, Nixon filed in Concord to enter the state's Republican primary, just six weeks away.</p> <p>On Feb. 2, The New York Times story "Nixon Announces for Presidency" was dwarfed by a giant headline: "Street Clashes Go On in Vietnam; Foe Still Holds Parts of Cities; Johnson Pledges Never to Yield." Dominating the page was the photograph of a captured Viet Cong, hands tied, being executed on a Saigon street by South Vietnam's national police chief, firing a bullet into his head from inches away. Eddie Adams's photo would win the Pulitzer Prize.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> 1214ad3ed9a0b668a3d925c5f23cd211 America's Unsustainable Empire for 04/24/2018 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018</p> 37a03ff654fcc82bafa0059fbfd9be59 Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising for 04/20/2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution.</p> <p>To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018</p> 472bddb127f800d3fe0630cad7c3a29a Trump: Prisoner of the War Party? for 04/17/2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay." </p> <p>Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2018</p> 76803b30cdec057cb6fdc109d64b6add Is Trump Standing Down in Syria? for 04/13/2018 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt:</p> <p>"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> b6fe99121c1cf44329e2639ee7dcd640 Has the War Party Hooked Trump? for 04/10/2018 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, "Animal Assad," ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner.</p> <p>"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria," tweeted Trump, "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price... to pay."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 10, 2018</p> f834d16c0a1eaa3d58436f0ed1d09119 Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals for 04/06/2018 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home.</p> <p>"I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home," said the president. We've gotten "nothing out of the $7 trillion (spent) in the Middle East in the last 17 years. ... So, it's time."</p> <p>Not so fast, Mr. President.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> 074de5ae6ea4535cb0c2620bee56e1c7 How Trump's Presidency Will Be Judged for 04/03/2018 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On many issues &#8212; naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts &#8212; President Trump is a conventional Republican.</p> <p>Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and Americans first &#8212; from which the Bush Republicans recoiled.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 03, 2018</p> 728d7afff37944770986c7c3881120e8 Does the Pope Believe in Hell? for 03/30/2018 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Pope Declares No Hell?" </p> <p>So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 30, 2018</p> 08281207abf8e063d0b9db08917fbd5c Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet? for 03/27/2018 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as "Mad Dog." </p> <p>Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with Iran is a dreadful idea.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 27, 2018</p> 20362877b51e9a4c3e84959f2f2ad2c5 Will the Deep State Break Trump? for 03/23/2018 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon," wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969.</p> <p>"The likelihood is great that they will succeed again." <p>Updated: Fri Mar 23, 2018</p>