January 26, 2005


‘God-drenched’ pledges of the president split Republicans (Tony Allen-Mills, 1/23/05, Times of London)

Patrick Buchanan, the former right-wing presidential candidate, said Bush had asserted a right “to intervene in the internal affairs of every nation on earth and that is, quite simply, a recipe for endless war. And war is the death of republics.”

Mr. Buchanan, it will be noted, served in three presidencies and during every day of hios service America was at war. The Republic seems to have survived.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2005 7:34 AM

Not to mention that Pat isn't a Republican, that everything Pat has done in the last 12 years has been a betrayal of Ronald Reagan and that Pat's real point (which Paul Cella makes much better) is that the Republican Party is not a conservative party (by which he seems to mean high Tory).

Posted by: David Cohen at January 26, 2005 7:38 AM

Buchanan is living in a time warp. The world has changed. If a group of radical, mid-eastern screwballs can cause a 9/11 type attack on the civilian population of this country, the nations so ideologially inclined which physically harbor them or provide the ideological basis for their homicidal activities must be reformed or destroyed. What are the alternatives? The world is small and getting smaller. The isolationist attitudes which once characterized this country are a relic of a simpler past. The 3000 or so miles of ocean seperating us from Europe was a luxury which is now almost meaninghless. If the old right doesn't understand this simple reality than they will become as irrelevant vis a vis foreign policy as the old left has become regarding domestic policy.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at January 26, 2005 11:16 AM

Pat Buchanan is no conservative. Indeed, if he'd only embrace Roe v. Wade, he'd be indistinguishable from half the people at Democratic Underground.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 26, 2005 12:20 PM

Pat Buchanan is a paleo-Whig. And that is an offense to good Whigs everywhere.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 26, 2005 12:21 PM