Buchanan: Western civilization on its last legs (Video)

Last Thursday MSNBC dropped conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, four months after suspending him following the publication of his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” (Macmillan). The book contains chapters titled “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.”

Buchanan denied critics’ charges that the book was racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic. In a column published last week he called the decision “an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.”

Charlie Rose interviewed Buchanan about the book on “CBS This Morning.” (You can watch the complete interview by clicking on the video player above; a transcript follows.)

Charlie Rose: Let me begin with the race for the White House. Newt Gingrich has said in the last 24 hours and on this program it’s the duty of America to defeat Barack Obama because of national security, that he’s riding over the Constitution. How do you assess those remarks?

Pat Buchanan: Well, I do agree that the President of the United States has used ‘Obamacare’ really to ride rough-shod over the prerogatives of the Roman Catholic Church, when you order the church and its institutions to engage in activities that that church has taught for centuries to be morally wrong. And I think the president has partially backed off of that, and I think he should back off entirely, Charlie.

Rose: So, what about the race so far, in terms of President Obama and his inability to defend the national security of the United States – also part of Speaker Gingrich’s remarks?

Buchanan: I think the president’s done a good job in the war of terror, and I disagree with some of my Republican colleagues – I think we have to move out of Iraq and move out of Afghanistan. And so I don’t fault the president that much in terms of what he’s done in foreign policy as I do domestic policy, Charlie.


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