Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:23:54 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate b3fabf55318b71c63c41345f81f0a1e0 Is the Interventionists' Era Over for Good? for 10/15/2019 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump could have been more deft and diplomatic in how he engineered that immediate pullout from northeastern Syria.</p> <p>Yet that withdrawal was as inevitable as were its consequences.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 15, 2019</p> 51fb9ad093167a202a98f1e9f3059c44 Is Impeachment Now Inevitable? for 10/11/2019 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader," is a remark attributed to a French politician during the turbulent times of 1848.</p> <p>Joe Biden's Wednesday declaration that President Donald Trump should be impeached is in that tradition. Joe is scrambling to get out in front of the sentiment for impeachment in the party he professes to lead. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p> 1177c8c5bf5afb1d78f9e6a293b62f55 Is Trump At Last Ending Our 'Endless Wars'? for 10/08/2019 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, which could sunder the Republican Party. </p> <p>At issue is Trump's decision to let the Turkish army enter Northern Syria, to create a corridor between Syrian Kurds and the Turkish Kurds of the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey regard as a terrorist organization.</p> <p>"A disaster in the making," says Lindsey Graham. "To abandon the Kurds" would be a "stain on America's honor." <p>Updated: Tue Oct 08, 2019</p> 708f67dbdadc67cb61b9dcb2e29bde10 Is China the Country of the Future? for 10/04/2019 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Who Lost China?"</p> <p>With the fall of the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, the defeat of his armies and the flight to Formosa, that was the question of the hour in 1949. And no one demanded to know more insistently than the anti-Communist Congressman John F. Kennedy: <p>Updated: Fri Oct 04, 2019</p> 7369b7b3b2e65068b3c4f345ecea2720 'Heartbroken' Pelosi Fast-Tracks Impeachment for 10/01/2019 Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"This is a very sad time for our country. There is no joy in this," said Nancy Pelosi Saturday. "We must be somber. We must be prayerful. ... I'm heartbroken about it." </p> <p>Thus did the speaker profess her anguish &#8212; just four days after announcing that her Democratic House would conduct an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 01, 2019</p> cac57d5251560f9e2e59dc6cf8cfea22 Joe Biden: Impeachment's First Casualty for 09/27/2019 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Even before seeing the transcript of the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Nancy Pelosi threw the door wide open to the impeachment of Donald Trump by the Democratic House.</p> <p>Though the transcript did not remotely justify the advanced billing of a "quid pro quo," Pelosi set in motion a process that is already producing a sea change in the politics of 2020.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 27, 2019</p> 1ef831ca41c3ee0f693e61907f31980e Will 'Ukraine-Gate' Imperil Biden's Bid? for 09/24/2019 Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With the revelation by an intel community "whistleblower" that President Donald Trump, in a congratulatory call to the new president of Ukraine, pushed him repeatedly to investigate the Joe Biden family connection to Ukrainian corruption, the cry "Impeach!" is being heard anew in the land.</p> <p>But revisiting how this latest scandal came about, and how it has begun to unfold, it is a good bet that the principal casualty could be the former vice president. Consider:<p>Updated: Tue Sep 24, 2019</p> f2ee83275a499e399a45d58ebece9f91 Can Trump Still Avoid War with Iran? for 09/20/2019 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.</p> <p>"All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, respectfully, and come to a consensus &#8212; and that should be bipartisan," says Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch of Idaho.</p> <p>When Lindsey Graham said the White House had shown "weakness" and urged retaliatory strikes for what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls Iran's "act of war," the president backhanded his golfing buddy: <p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> c1318035a54b6f8388bbc351b28a16e0 'Locked and Loaded' for War on Iran? for 09/17/2019 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.</p> <p>Putting America's credibility on the line, Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out the devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities that halted half of the kingdom's oil production, 5.7 million barrels a day.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> e78901ac4d1da9647bd4de7400882239 After Bolton, Trump Goals Remain Unrealized for 09/13/2019 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there. </p> <p>For Bolton's worldview, formed and fixed in a Cold War that ended in 1991, was irreconcilable with the policies Donald Trump promised in his 2016 campaign. Indeed, Trump was elected because he offered a foreign policy that represented a repudiation of what John Bolton had advocated since the end of the Cold War.</p> <p>Trump wanted to call off Cold War II with Russia, to engage with Vladimir Putin, and to extricate us from the Middle East wars into which Bolton and the neocons did so much to plunge the United States. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019</p> b3ae79e3608944c81d77e7708ab06b43 Can Joe Biden Run This Marathon? for 09/06/2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Thursday, Sept. 14, looks to be a fateful day in the half-century-long political career of Joe Biden. </p> <p>That night, a three-hour debate will be held, a marathon in politics. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 06, 2019</p> 532fd411499970bc8dc20f4f754084f9 Who Won, and Who Lost, World War II? for 09/03/2019 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Sunday, the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Warsaw's Pilsudski Square of "five decades of untold suffering and death that followed" the invasion. Five decades!</p> <p>What Pence was saying was that, for Poland, World War II did not end in victory but defeat and occupation by an evil empire ruled by one of the greatest mass murderers of the 20th century, Josef Stalin.</p> <p>The "Liberation of Europe," the 75th anniversary of which we celebrated at Omaha Beach on June 6, was a liberation that extended only to the Elbe River in the heart of Germany.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 03, 2019</p> c9097a8f70baa069ce9e6da744f5c4af Let Them Howl, Boris! for 08/30/2019 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Facing a Parliamentary majority opposed to a hard Brexit &#8212; a crashing out of the EU if Britain is not offered a deal she can live with &#8212; Boris Johnson took matters into his own hands.</p> <p>He went to the Queen at Balmoral and got Parliament "prorogued," suspended, from Sept. 12 to Oct. 14. That's two weeks before the Oct. 31 deadline Johnson has set for Britain's departure. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 30, 2019</p> 00044057f135cc6526be752ad83115f6 Will Bibi's War Become America's War? for 08/27/2019 Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump, who canceled a missile strike on Iran, after the shoot-down of a U.S. Predator drone, to avoid killing Iranians, may not want a U.S. war with Iran. But the same cannot be said of Bibi Netanyahu. </p> <p>Saturday, Israel launched a night attack on a village south of Damascus to abort what Israel claims was a plot by Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force to fly "killer drones" into Israel, an act of war.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 27, 2019</p> 052559a0f02dbb05d6a7643903a7c8d9 Greenland: Trump's MAGA Idea! for 08/23/2019 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>To those of us of who learned our U.S. history from texts in the 1940s and '50s, <span class="column--highlighted-text">President Donald Trump's brainstorm of acquiring Greenland fits into a venerable tradition of American expansionism.</span></p> <p>The story begins with colonial officer George Washington's march out toward Fort Duquesne in 1754 and crushing defeat and near death at Fort Necessity, where, according to myth, he fired the first shot of what would become the French and Indian War. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> 3c654d31c5bdaf9c386851af645a0989 When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down? for 08/20/2019 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America's longest war.</p> <p>U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 20, 2019</p> 84414ea24d0180690fc694306d0538df Trump's Great Gamble for 08/16/2019 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee.</p> <p>The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability Trump wins a second term.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 16, 2019</p> 7b8712c647c685f35e1b9078f465b427 China, Not Russia, the Greater Threat for 08/13/2019 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ten weeks of protests, some huge, a few violent, culminated Monday with a shutdown of the Hong Kong airport.</p> <p>Ominously, Beijing described the violent weekend demonstrations as "deranged" acts that are "the first signs of terrorism," and vowed a merciless crackdown on the perpetrators.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 13, 2019</p> 718056a4c803bbd73468e4d02876ba6f Biden Goes All In on the Race Issue for 08/09/2019 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Those who believed America's racial divide would begin to close with the civil rights acts of the 1960s and the election of a black president in this century appear to have been overly optimistic. </p> <p>The race divide seems deeper and wider than at any time in our lifetimes. Most of the aspiring leaders of the Democratic Party have apparently concluded that branding the president a "racist" and "white supremacist" is the strategy to pursue to win the nomination and the White House.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 09, 2019</p> 405dffe332555028ed6b82f3a9845370 Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings for 08/06/2019 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019. </p> <p>In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera &#8212; police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI and city officials &#8212; were nonpartisan, patient, polite and dignified in the unity and solemnity of their grief for their dead and wounded.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 06, 2019</p>