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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

American journalist legend and Vietnam War author James Wesley Pruden Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Washington Times. Mr. Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business dates back to 1951 as a copyboy at the now defunct Arkansas Gazette where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor. In 1982, he joined The Washington Times, four months after the paper began, as chief political correspondent. He became assistant managing editor in 1983, managing editor in 1985, and editor-in-chief in 1992. He retired in January 2008 and became editor-in-chief-emeritus. Mr. Pruden is known for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan. In 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary. Mr. Pruden writes a twice-weekly column on politics and national affairs for The Times.

Articles by Wesley Pruden

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. President Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The cipher in the White House

Perhaps it's not fair to blame Barack Obama for the mess he's making. The Middle East is where chaos was invented, after all, and perhaps not even the collection of incompetents and boobs the president has installed in the White House could make things this bad. Maybe it's someone else's fault. He blames the Jews. Published October 8, 2015

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Gumming up the works over Benghazi

Pity the American voter. Angry, frustrated and desperate, in successive elections he delivers more Republican soldiers to Congress, all in the spirit of Dr. Johnson's famous description of a second marriage as "the triumph of hope over experience." All that changes in Washington is the size of the nothingburgers. Published October 5, 2015

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during a high level meeting on Somalia at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When world leaders got garbage for lunch

They gave the world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations, lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders munching on the people's dime said a good time was had by all, but that's only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully conceded that that garbage was what it was. Published October 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum in Manchester, N.H., on Aug. 3, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The hunting of Ben Carson

The civility and good manners crowd is attempting to destroy Ben Carson, but so far it isn't working. He said something about Muslim presidential candidates that was harsh but a mile this side of over-the-top, and instead of a ride out of town on a rusty rail he watched his numbers spike. Published September 28, 2015

New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra waves to the fans before the baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Farewell to an all-American oddball

"It ain't over 'til it's over," the wisest of the philosophers of sport famously said, but now it really, really is. They don't make 'em like Yogi Berra any more, who disdained cliches like this one to make up his own. Published September 24, 2015

In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Angling for a piece of the pope

Everybody wants a piece of the pope. Fidel Castro and his little brother in crime applaud Pope Francis' assault on the very idea of capitalism, and Barack Obama wants to use the pontiff as a recruit in his war on what he perceives to be the "social injustice" of thwarting the Obama agenda and threatening the Obama legacy. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

This is how we get a president

The Republicans are still looking for the right someone to carry their banner into the election next November, and they're getting a pretty good idea now of who they don't want. That's the first step, after all, in making a choice, as any town belle could tell you. Published September 17, 2015

Can anybody here 'catch the moment?'

The Republican topsiders will be playing in a new landscape Wednesday night in the political season's second debate. The old landscape is as remote now as a valley on the moon. The suspense is all about who emerges as No. 2. Published September 14, 2015

"That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility," said Hillary Rodham Clinton about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. (Associated Press)

The coming deluge on Hillary's parade

Drip, drip, drip. Anyone can see that the lady's coiffure is damp and her shoes need attention, but she's not yet soaking wet. So when does the drip, drip, drip become the deluge? Maybe sooner than later. Published September 10, 2015

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman         Associated Press photo

A novel solution to racial resentment

Reparations is an idea whose time has not yet come, but agitation for it -- reimbursing black folks for damage done to their slave ancestors -- thrives in certain quarters. Published September 7, 2015

Donald Trump (Associated Press)

The Donald tries out for the team

Now even Donald Trump is taking himself seriously. He's trying now to be colorful without being reckless, careful not to be rude when he doesn't have to be, and playing less the showboat and more like someone trying out for the team. Published September 3, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair    Associated Press photo

New pronouns for the traveling freak show

Caitlyn Jenner, taking pride in his or her decolletage with a smart new frock for his famous Vanity Fair photo shoot, started the madness of the summer of '15, but he's got nothing on the educationist establishment. They're nothing but boobs (and proud of it). Published August 31, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A late apology in clintonspeak

Hillary Clinton attempted to "come clean" about her emails again, like a sinner squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not seem to be appeased. Published August 27, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden. (Associated Press)

Now the real fun is about to begin

This may be the most entertaining road show yet. Round and round the presidential campaign goes, and where it stops nobody knows. Even Mitt Romney is said to be thinking about jumping in again, no doubt figuring that some of Jeb's "investors," who are familiar indeed, may be looking for another place to place their bets. Published August 24, 2015

Michael Hayden (Associated Press)

The birds circling over Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton may think those creatures making wide, gentle circles over her campaign are bluebirds of happiness, but they're looking more and more like buzzards. They look hungry. Published August 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Hillary Horror Movie, a Sequel

You almost have to pity Hillary Clinton. She has seen this movie, and now she has to sit through it again. The players are different, but it's the same old plot: The lady arrives to cheers and high spirits, and eventually the lady vanishes. Published August 17, 2015

Biologist Olivier Mbaya works with serum samples in a European study of an experimental Ebola vaccine. (AP)

Good news at last from Africa

Good news, an old newsroom canard goes, doesn't sell newspapers. It's true that it's the rare reader who wants to read about the ship that didn't sink, the house that didn't catch fire, the hurricane that blew itself out at sea. But sometimes the good news is the most thrilling news of all, and last week there were two items of news nothing short of thrilling about the march of medicine through Africa, where the news is almost never good. Published August 13, 2015

The ISIS flag

Barack Obama's inability to grasp reality

Barack Obama is afraid he might be a warmonger at heart. Who knew? But making war against an Islamic enemy? That defies everyone's imagination. Published August 10, 2015

Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The anger at The Donald softens

Donald Trump is changing the tone, if not the substance, of the Republican reservations about him. He's still the uninvited guest at the family dinner, the object of raised eyebrows and whispered snark, but everyone is beginning to be a little more careful with the insults. Published August 6, 2015


No second thoughts about a bomb for Hiroshima

The pointless debate continues. As reliable as the arrival of the scorching heat and drenching humidity of August, comes the debate (mostly by academics) over whether the United States is guilty of moral outrage for having dropped the atomic bombs on Japan on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, to put an end to the carnage of World War II. Published August 3, 2015