The Never-Trumpers Are Never Coming Back

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Patrick Joseph “Pat” Buchanan is an American paleoconservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and was an original host on CNN’s Crossfire. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996. He ran on the Reform Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election.

With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pelosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated.

The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and John McCain, is history. It’s not coming back. Unlike the Bourbons after the Revolution and the Terror, after Napoleon and the Empire, no restoration is in the cards.

It is over. The GOP’s policies of recent decades — the New World Order of George H.W. Bush, the crusades for democracy of Bush II — failed, and are seen as having failed. With Trump’s capture of the party they were repudiated.

There will be no turning back.

What were the historic blunders?

It was not supporting tax cuts, deregulation, conservative judges and justices, or funding a defense second to none. Donald Trump has delivered on these as well as any president since Reagan.

irst, the hubristic drive, despite the warnings of statesmen like George Kennan, to exploit our Cold War victory and pursue a policy of permanent containment of a Russia that had lost a third of its territory and half its people.

We moved NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltic, onto her doorstep. We abrogated the ABM treaty Nixon had negotiated and moved defensive missiles into Poland. John McCain pushed to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, and even to send U.S. forces to face off against Russian troops.

Thus we got a second Cold War that need never have begun and that our allies seem content to let us fight alone.

Europe today is not afraid of Vladimir Putin reaching the Rhine. Europe is afraid of Africa and the Middle East reaching the Danube.

Let the Americans, who relish playing empire, pay for NATO.

Second, in a reflexive response to 9/11, we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, dumped over the regime in Libya, armed rebels to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria, and backed Saudi intervention in a Yemeni civil war, creating a humanitarian crisis in that poorest of Arab countries that is exceeded in horrors only by the Syrian civil war.

Since Y2K, hundreds of thousands in the Middle East have perished, the ancient Christian community has all but ceased to exist, and the refugees now number in the millions. What are the gains for democracy from these wars, all backed enthusiastically by the Republican establishment?

Why are the people responsible for these wars still being listened to, rather than confessing their sins at second-thoughts conferences?

The GOP elite also played a crucial role in throwing open U.S. markets to China and ceding transnational corporations full freedom to move factories and jobs there and ship their Chinese-made goods back here, free of charge.

The world was ablaze with tribalism and was raising up authoritarians to realize nationalist ends — Xi Jinping, Putin, Narendra Modi in India, Erdogan in Turkey, Gen. el-Sissi in Egypt — before he came down that elevator.

And so the elites who were in charge when the fire broke out, and who failed to respond and refused even to recognize it, and who now denounce Trump for how he is coping with it, are unlikely to be called upon again to lead this republic.



Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” 

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Comments 3

  1. Merkle and the rest have a set of knuckles as long as our soldiers will bleed.
    That Marshal Plan was and is a mistake for the United States.
    Pull our troops out, now.
    Think of all the destruction that these arrogant leeches have caused humanity !
    Not one century of peace.
    Time has come to let them face the bear by themselves.
    Me I want the US out of there. Permanently.
    Anyone decides to get foggy with the United States we go thermonuclear.
    European Union ? Nothing like a bunch of mediocre fools clinging to Germany.
    Auff vedersen baby

  2. Centuries of mire and corruption. Family entitlements
    and America side tracked by these global imperialists.
    The United States wipes the Queens arse for sure !
    Two world war’s to save England ! and for what ?
    Morons and Imbeciles !
    They are still causing troubles that they cannot solve.
    Please Vladimir steamroll them. Lets see how passive they are.
    They will bend over but good for you.
    What happened to the Irish spirit “Up the Republic !” or now
    what is just a small moronic province in the Atlantic.
    Europe’s done ! their only chance is if Russia conquers them……….

  3. England fears Russia the most.
    They know Vladimir Will steam roll over the
    dumbo European’s.
    The United States must let Russia have this Marshall Welfare Plan
    Let Russia or the Muslims deal with these problem peoples.
    A centuries of wars, slavery, and global terror.
    Now they play the middle.
    We say good bye !
    Russia can have them !
    The United States is wasting our resources on these failed Utopian

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