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Pat Buchanan: Back to the Barricades

Sunday, 24 October 2004 12:00 AM

His latest book, "Where the Right Went Wrong" (Thomas Dunne Books), is out just in time for the election. It may help Republicans figure out where they go next after Election Day.

From its opening pages until the final chapter where he explains how conservatives can begin to right the wrongs now dragging America towards an unthinkable abyss, Buchanan draws a portrait of a once great nation headed for third world status.

How did this happen?

Buchanan minces no words as he places the blame for our sorry state where it belongs - the liberal establishment.

As Buchanan unravels the mess, he once again displays a grasp of history and the motivations of the people who made that history.

In this book we once more see a two-fisted political philosopher, far more erudite than his critics acknowledge.

Along the way, in explaining what America faces in the so-called "war against terrorism," he gives his readers a detailed history of terrorism as a weapon, and of Islam, which he identifies as the enemy - providing a litany of reasons why Islam's one billion adherents hate the United States.

Buchanan ridicules the very idea that we are at war with something we call terrorism, noting rightly that terror is not the enemy, but a weapon employed by the enemy - in this case al-Qaida and radical Islam.

"When CNN anchor Lou Dobbs suggested our enemies were 'Islamicists,' he was attacked. Can we defeat an enemy were are afraid to name?" Buchanan asks. In other words calling the current world-wide struggle a war against terrorism - a weapon - is like calling a war against a nation-state a war against the machine guns their troops are using.

Terrorism, Buchanan writes, succeeds more often than it fails, and he cites a long history of the successes.

"The IRA, Irgun, Viet Minh, Algerian, FLN, Zanu and Zaou in Rhodesia, the ANC in South Africa, Hezbollah in Lebanon used terrorism and succeeded in expelling the ruling power," he writes.

And they won, he explains, because, "In Ireland, Palestine, Indochina, Algeria, Rhodesia, South Africa and Lebanon the rebellions had put down roots among the people.

"If Iraqi insurgents and Islamic warriors are willing to die indefinitely to drive us out of that country and their world, the probability is that one day they will succeed."

For sure, Buchanan targets the neoconservatives for many of our current woes. The Bush administration's alliance with neoconservatives gets a thorough trashing, especially he way in which the "neocons," as they are called, have all but lowered the traditional conservative banner in the economic, foreign policy and culture wars, claims Buchanan.

Buchanan, who first raised the call to arms over the "culture war" in his 1992 Republican convention address, warns that the consequences of the surrender on social issues will be horrific upon the American people.

Globalism, free trade, orgies of drunken-sailor spending, the loss of our manufacturing base, have all, he warns, helped push America toward economic ruin.

He describes what he calls the "Bush Doctrine" as the belief that

"Let it be said," he writes, "this is utopianism that will bleed, bankrupt and isolate this Republic."

He lays the blame for this on the neoconservatives and makes no attempt to disguise his scorn for the people who have occupied key positions in the Bush administration and have had much to do with shaping our foreign policies.

He also expresses scorn for Congress, which he accuses of cravenly surrendering power to a judiciary out of control when they have the constitutional authority to reclaim their rightful place as the preeminent branch of government.

Along the way, he excoriates the Supreme court and the federal bench for ignoring the will of the majority of Americans.

As dismal as the outlook for America's future appears to Buchanan, he believes that all is not lost, and at book's end sounds the clarion call to man the barricades and fight to recapture the soul of the nation by first recapturing the Republican Party, which he calls the natural home of conservatives.

He insists that President Bush must be re-elected, and lays out his reasons, saying that the case for the President is the fact that "George w. Bush is a God-fearing and good man - that he (and Laura) restored dignity to a White House dragged through the slime of the Clinton administration, cut taxes, revived an economy that was sinking into a recession when he took office, and chose fine judges among other accomplishments."

Conservatives, he advises, must fight to retake their party and their nation.

He ends on this note: "Asked to rid the army of General Grant, whose personal conduct was becoming an embarrassment, Lincoln responded, 'I can't spare ths man. He fights.' America needs conservatives who will fight - like Bob Taft, and Barry Goldwater and that good man and great president who has just left us for that 'shining city on a hill.'"

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