Posted onMay 21, 2022byifnm|Comments Off on Quo Vadis, Mother Russia? by Patrick J. Buchanan
Where does Mother Russia go from here? Bitter at their losses in the Cold War and post-Cold War years, many Russian nationalists are urging the regime to align with today’s great power antagonist of the United States, Xi Jinping’s China.
“The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical
catastrophe of the century,” said Russia’s new ruler Vladimir Putin in
his 2005 state of the nation address.
“As for the Russian people,” Putin went on, “it became a genuine
tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found
themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory.”
From Putin’s standpoint, the statement was then and remains today understandable.
Consider. When Putin entered his country’s secret service, Berlin was 110 miles deep inside a Soviet-occupied East Germany. Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria were member states of the Warsaw Pact.
Posted onFebruary 24, 2022byifnm|Comments Off on Did We Provoke Putin’s War in Ukraine? by Patrick J. Buchanan
Whatever we may think of Putin, he is no Stalin. He has not murdered millions or created a gulag archipelago. Nor is he “irrational,” as some pundits rail. He does not want a war with us, which would be worse than ruinous to us both. Putin is a Russian nationalist, patriot, traditionalist and a cold and ruthless realist looking out to preserve Russia as the great and respected power it once was and he believes it can be again.
When Russia’s Vladimir Putin demanded that the U.S. rule out Ukraine
as a future member of the NATO alliance, the U.S. archly replied: NATO
has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, may apply for
membership and be admitted. We’re not changing that.
In the Bucharest declaration of 2008, NATO had put Ukraine and
Georgia, ever farther east in the Caucasus, on a path to membership in
NATO and coverage under Article 5 of the treaty, which declares that an
attack on any one member is an attack on all.
Unable to get a satisfactory answer to his demand, Putin invaded and
settled the issue. Neither Ukraine nor Georgia will become members of
NATO. To prevent that, Russia will go to war, as Russia did last night.
Putin did exactly what he had warned us he would do.
Posted onDecember 5, 2021byifnm|Comments Off on The West’s Fear That Dare Not Speak Its Name by Patrick J. Buchanan
“You feel like a foreigner in your own country,” said Zemmour in his announcement speech Tuesday, declaiming, “We will not be replaced.”
With the drowning deaths of 27 migrants crossing the Channel from
France to England, illegal migration from the Third World is front and
center anew in European politics.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed that France take back to its
shores all migrants who cross the Channel illegally and come ashore in
In the run-up to French elections this April, a startling development
suggests that resistance to illegal migration is spreading and the idea
of dealing with it resolutely and unapologetically is taking root.
Marine Le Pen, president of the rightist National Rally, formerly the
National Front, who is expected to reach the finals for president of
France against Emmanuel Macron, is suddenly being challenged.
The rising star on the right is Eric Zemmour, who, writes The New York Times, “became one of France’s best-selling authors in the past decade by writing books on the nation’s decline—fueled, he said, by the loss of traditional French and Christian values, the immigration of Muslim Africans bent on a reverse colonization of France, the rise of feminism and the loss of virility, and a ‘great replacement’ of white people.”
Posted onNovember 16, 2021byifnm|Comments Off on Are Democrats Looking to the Lifeboats? by Patrick J. Buchanan
So, how are Biden and the administration he leads doing with the American people who put them into office? According to a stunning Washington Post-ABC News poll this weekend, not well, not well at all. If the 2022 elections were held this November, registered voters would back Republican candidates over Democratic opponents 51-41.
Not so long ago, President Joe Biden was being talked of as a
transformative president, a second Franklin D. Roosevelt in terms of the
domestic agenda he would enact.
And there was substance to the claim.
Early in his presidency, Biden had passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus
package. While his majorities in both houses of Congress were
razor-thin, they proved sufficient to push through a $1.2 trillion
Clusters of Republicans backed the Biden infrastructure bill.
A follow-on $3.5 trillion Build Back Better social spending bill to rival New Deal and Great Society measures has broad support — though not for its sticker price — and, even today, still seems possible.
Posted onOctober 19, 2021byifnm|Comments Off on Nationalism to Confront Globalism in Glasgow by Pat Buchanan
On Friday, U.S. oil prices hit a seven-year high amid a surge in global demand and a supply crunch induced by OPEC. West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. oil benchmark, climbed to $82 a barrel. Gas prices followed… Oil is at its highest price since OPEC launched its price war against U.S. shale producers.
“Extraordinary, isn’t it? I’ve been hearing all about COP,” said the
queen to the duchess of Cornwall. “Still don’t know who is coming. … We
only know about people who are not coming. … It’s really irritating when
they talk but they don’t do.”
Queen Elizabeth II was expressing her exasperation at the possible
number of no-shows at the U.K.’s coming climate summit in Glasgow,
Among the absentees may be Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose
country generates more carbon dioxide than the U.S. and EU combined.
Behind the queen’s exasperation, however, lies a political reality.
Posted onAugust 27, 2021byifnm|Comments Off on In Afghanistan, the Worst Is Yet to Come by Pat Buchanan
After Aug. 31, the fate of those left behind will be determined by the Taliban, and we will be made witness to the fate the Taliban imposes. This generation is about to learn what it means to lose a war.
Say what you will about President Joe Biden, he has stuck to his guns
on ending America’s 20-year involvement in Afghanistan’s forever war.
His decision not to delay our departure after Aug. 31 was fortified
by hard intel that the terrorist ISIS-K was preparing attacks at Kabul
Thursday evening, the two bomb attacks occurred.
It now seems inevitable that the withdrawal will be completed by Aug. 31, with all U.S. military forces following the last civilians out.
“Our diversity is our strength.” But is that cliché true? Where is the scientific, historical or empirical evidence for the proposition that the greater the religious, racial, tribal and ethnic diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes? To put it mildly, this is not a universally held belief.
The first returns from the delayed census of 2020 are in, and they have made for celebratory headlines in the mainstream media.
Big takeaway: Between 2010 and 2021, the white American population
declined in real and relative terms, with more deaths than live births,
as the white share of the U.S. population fell from 63% to under 58%.
As The Washington Post reported, between 1990 and 2020:
Black Americans held at roughly 12% of the population. Hispanics
doubled their share from 9% to almost 19%, and Asians went from less
than 3% to more than 6%.
And white Americans? In those three decades, whites fell from three-fourths of the U.S. population to less than three-fifths.
Posted onMay 11, 2021byifnm|Comments Off on Has the Backlash Arrived for Police-Bashing? by Pat Buchanan
The daily reports of escalating violent crime, resulting in growing numbers of innocent wounded and dead, are inducing a fear for safety that is outstripping any fear of cops. And politicians are beginning to see the numbers shift and reacting accordingly. Consider a few of the crime numbers…
Within hours of Saturday’s shooting in Times Square where three
bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, were wounded, the two leading
candidates to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio were on-site.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain of the NYPD, and Andrew Yang, who declared:
“My fellow New Yorkers … Nothing works in our city without public
safety, and for public safety, we need the police. … My message to the
NYPD is this: New York needs you. Your city needs you.
“New York cannot afford to defund the police.”
The rush of Adams and Yang to the scene of the shooting, and the
messages they delivered, tells us something about the state of play in
politics — and not only in the city of New York.
Liberal mayors and urban politicians who enlisted in the Black Lives Matter “defund the police” movement after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, appear to have caught a wave that is now receding.