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Buchanan: Protect U.S. Sovereignty

Sunday, 03 February 2002 12:00 AM

The syndicated columnist and former Reform Party presidential candidate told a Young America's Foundation student luncheon in Arlington, Va., on Friday that he was startled when President Bush threatened Iraq, Iran and North Korea with war in his first State of the Union address. Bush singled out those countries when he vowed on Tuesday night to prevent "terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the world."

Buchanan, an adviser to President Richard Nixon and the White House communications director for President Ronald Reagan, said the Constitution gives Congress, not the chief executive, the power to declare war. "The authority in the resolution on terror empowers him to go after al-Qaeda (and) overthrow any regime that has harbored those who murdered Americans.

"So first I think the president made a mistake. If he intends to go to war against one of these countries, he should go to Congress and get the authority as his father did in 1991," when the U.S. armed forces were significantly larger.

"Secondly, with regard to Iraq, we don't have the troops in place now to overrun Iraq. You would have to build up probably 100,000 on the southern border and 100,000 on the northern border.

"You ought not to threaten someone with war, when you're not prepared to go to war." You don't telegraph your punch before you throw it, he said.

Buchanan said he agrees with the president about Saddam Hussein, whom he called "a political criminal and a thug." However, he said the Iraqi dictator doesn't have the mentality of a suicide bomber but that of a survivor.

"He knows that if he uses one weapon of mass destruction on U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, it is all over for him. ... He hasn't done it yet, so I don't know that we need to do that invasion (of Iraq). I'm prepared to be persuaded, but let's make the case before the Congress and ask for a declaration of war so that all Americans are united before we go there."

Buchanan said one of the problems with the Vietnam War was that people who first said they were for it then declared themselves against it, so it is important to get everyone "on the line" with a "yes or no" answer ahead of time.

The president did the right thing in December when he abrogated the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union to pursue missile defense, the pundit said. Buchanan also praised Bush for withdrawing the United States from the Kyoto Protocol on climate, and for his reluctance to submit Americans to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

That is not an isolationist but an independent foreign policy, Buchanan said. He characterized Bush's position in this way: "We will stand and defend American national interest. We prefer to work with others in this goal, as in the war in Afghanistan. But in the last analysis, if our vital interests are threatened ... I will take the decision that I believe is best for my country."

Students solicited Buchanan's opinions on Bush's foreign policy in a question period that followed the columnist's speech, which was based on the ideas he sets forth in his new book, "Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization."

He told the students, who gathered as part of the Conservative Political Action Conference, that he went into journalism in 1961 with the goal of becoming a syndicated columnist like his father's hero, Westbrook Pegler.

He said the mission then was how to win the Cold War. "Our cause is won. The Bolshevik empire is dead," he said, but the current threat to the West is far more insidious "because it doesn't come bristling with missiles."

The first element of the threat is "the dying populations."

"There is not a single Western country today with a birth rate that will enable it to survive in its present form in the middle of this century," he said. Burials outnumber births in 20 European countries. "By the middle of this century ... 125 million Europeans will have disappeared from the face of the earth. ... The same thing is happening to the native-born population of the United States."

This is important, Buchanan said, because, "We are the people who carry in our hearts and minds and souls the ideas of Christianity, Judeo-Christian values, Western civilization, the ideas of the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. If we all die out, will those who replace us -- coming in from countries of different cultures and civilizations -- preserve this country and civilization?"

Buchanan said he is not sure of the answer to that question because of the second threat to the West -- the "systematic de-Christianization of American society undertaken by a usurpatious United States Supreme Court," which, he said, Americans have allowed to behave in an even more dictatorial manner than King George III.

Asked if he would like to see another baby boom such as the one that followed World War II, Buchanan said that he would, but that he does not anticipate it.

"While we were off winning the Cold War," others were capturing the culture, he said. "Everywhere that culture has taken root, people die. Whenever religion dies, people die." To reverse this is beyond the realm of politics, because it would call for religious conversion and people giving up their current attitudes for the old ones. "That's something political leaders, no matter how effective, cannot do."

Buchanan said that in the 1960s there arose a countercultural elite that held patriotism to be "detestable" and saw America and the West -- not the Soviet empire -- as "genocidal and racist" and the focus of evil in the world. "They used to be a few, but I regret to say now they are many."

He told the students that on U.S. campuses, "millions of young people are imbibing this hatred" of their own society. "If they swallow all this," he asked, "how then will the newcomers learn what we learned about what greatness and glory was America?"

"If they come to detest their country, how will they save it from what is coming?"

The final concern, he said, is the surrender of state sovereignty, which he called the successor threat to the Cold War. He left the Republican Party "because they won't fight this battle.

"Slowly but surely nations have begun to surrender their ... independence and liberty" for the "almighty god of money" and the "narcotic" of low consumer prices.

Buchanan asked how the Republican Party could have surrendered U.S. independence to the World Trade Organization. "This is the embryonic institution of what they now call 'global governance.'" Others, he said, are the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the International Criminal Court, and the Kyoto Protocol.

The European Union is rising as a model of global governance, he said. "Already nation states are being dictated to."

Buchanan said if a country gives up its currency and fiscal policy to a larger political entity, it becomes "a province."

"And this I believe is wrong," he said, noting John Adams' deathbed toast, "Independence forever!"

That is America's cause, Buchanan said. "We must maintain the sovereignty and liberty for which the founding fathers fought and died."

There is nothing to prevent "benign" world governance from becoming a tyranny, he said. "The last best hope of earth is not the United Nations; it is the United States of America," he said to applause.

Illegal immigration is of particular concern to Buchanan. He said that in the past the United States has taken the time to assimilate large groups of newcomers, such as the 40 years following "the great wave" of immigration that took place between 1890 to 1920. Through the "melting pot," Americans became one nation and one people. It's important to get the melting pot working again, he said.

Buchanan called for a two-year "time out" during which legal immigration would be limited to about 250,000 per year and Congress would debate future policy.

If Americans don't decide this issue by means of the democratic process, the Mexican government will make the decision the next time "its economy goes down and it decides to push 2 million more people into the United States," he said.

Buchanan said that between 8 million and 11 million people "have broken into this country. ... And we found out on Sept. 11 that some of them came to kill us." He quoted Ronald Reagan as saying, "The country that can't or won't defend its borders isn't really a country anymore. ... Any hostile country that doesn't have saboteurs and assassins and intelligence agents wandering around the United States in the hundreds isn't doing its job."

Buchanan called for the systematic deportation of illegal immigrants beginning with any who have committed crimes. He also said the government should send to a maximum-security prison "one of these fat cats who deliberately bring in illegal aliens to lower wages and take the jobs of working American men and women. That will get the message to the rest of them to stop betraying our country for corporate interests."

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