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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

Netanyahu and Obama

PRUDEN: Soft words and hard reality for Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama are men trapped in pickles. As the prime minister, Bibi’s first duty is to assure the survival of Israel. Against the prospect of another Holocaust, nothing else matters. Published September 14, 2012

John. J. Pershing

PRUDEN: A grim message for the generals

There’s a reason why Barack Obama is mistrusted in the ranks of the military services. He doesn’t smell of the hive, and it shows. Bees recognize a hostile intruder when they see one, and so do soldiers, sailors and Marines. Published September 11, 2012

PRUDEN: God, Jews and good ol’ Bubba Clinton

Bill Clinton did what he set out to do, and did it well. He brought the attention and focus of the Democrats, if only briefly, squarely back to his favorite person: “Don’t you wish I was the man at the top of the ticket?” Nobody honks, wonks and bonks quite like the ravisher in chief. The delegates felt happily ravished, just like old times. Published September 7, 2012

The Gaffe Patrol

PRUDEN: Fat new targets for the Gaffe Patrol at DNC

The Gaffe Patrol is on the job this week in Charlotte, N.C. Bob Schieffer of CBS News, a wing commander who does not ordinarily fly combat missions, got the first kill at the Democratic National Convention. When Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland committed a gaffe — defined as a politician unexpectedly blurting out the truth — he suddenly flew into Mr. Schieffer’s gun-sights. Published September 4, 2012

Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PRUDEN: Tough times in Tampa for media elites

This has been a tough week in Tampa for the stars of the mainstream media, so called. The Republicans aren't acting like the bigots, zealots and wild-eyed extremists the boys and girls on the campaign bus want them to be. Published August 30, 2012

George McGovern

PRUDEN: A big wind blows through Tampa

Now is the time for every good man to come to the aid of his party, or at least to come in out of the rain. The only wind will be from the podium, since the mighty hurricane that terrified the Republican National Convention is tracking 350 miles west of Tampa, Fla. Only the prospect of getting wet is exciting. Published August 28, 2012

President Obama

PRUDEN: A 12-step cure for Obamaholics

Craig Karpel is a recovering addict. He says so himself. His addiction is to Barack Obama, and his recovery inspires him to write a book. He offers a 12-step program, patterned after the program that has rescued thousands of town drunks. Published August 24, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown

PRUDEN: No campaign in California, the land of lotus

Not for nothing do the bundlers, bagmen and swag agents call California the Golden State. They decamp here early and stay late. Much of the money they raise for the campaigns is collected in California. Published August 21, 2012

** FILE ** Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder.

PRUDEN: Picking on poor Ol' Uncle Joe Biden

Everybody's piling on Joe Biden, and it's not quite fair. Of course, a presidential campaign, like life, is unfair. We have John F. Kennedy's word on that. Maybe we should give ol' Joe a break. He's our only source of campaign humor, if not exactly the sharpest wit. Published August 17, 2012

Wilbur Mills

PRUDEN: Getting serious about November

Now we can get serious about November. Gone, if Mitt Romney intends to apply sufficient pressure, are the silly and irrelevant sound-bite wars. No more “Romneyhood,” the bon mot the president is so proud of. Likewise, Mr. Romney can retire “Obamaloney” to the same schoolyard. Published August 14, 2012

Innocent pig

PRUDEN: October panic for mid-August

Panic is never pretty, and it leads men to say foolish things — even presidents and their friends and flunkies. The wicked flee when none pursue, but sometimes they flee when facts are gaining on them. Published August 10, 2012

The Joker

PRUDEN: Hollywood and box-office terror

Hollywood is terrified of the backlash against the movie violence that has become its stock-in-trade. This time the big moguls, and some of the little moguls, can see that the public is angry, but they don’t know what to do about it. Published August 3, 2012

President Obama

PRUDEN: The Jewish dilemma for Barack Obama

The Democrats have a Jewish problem, and his name is Barack Obama. Many Jews, loyal Democrats by birth and tradition, have concluded reluctantly that he’s not The One they thought he was. Published July 31, 2012

Jesse Owens

PRUDEN: Trouble, trouble at the Olympics

Mitt Romney, the businessman with an eye for what’s going wrong, can’t resist the temptation to critique what he sees. A cliche-monger would call him a “problem-solver.” Others would call him a pain in the neck. Published July 27, 2012

**FILE** James E. Holmes appears July 23, 2012, in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a movie theater on July 20 in Aurora, Colo. (Associated Press/Denver Post)

PRUDEN: ‘The greater love’ survives a massacre

Gloria Steinem was wrong. Once in a fit of frustration, she rolled her eyes, stamped her feet and declared that "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." This became a battle cry in the war between the sexes. Published July 24, 2012

John Paul Jones

PRUDEN: Fighting clothes for Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has fighting clothes in his closet, after all. He has taken them out twice over the past fortnight and his new duds have made a difference already. Published July 20, 2012

John Nance Garner

PRUDEN: The sure cure for newsroom blahs

You can blame the heat. Blame midsummer boredom. You can even blame ennui, what the French and the pretentious call "boredom." But if you're a political junkie, the only cure for the July blahs is to pick the vice president. Published July 17, 2012

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

PRUDEN: There's no time for grown-ups

Campaign politics is all about pandering. You can't expect a candidate to show up to talk anything but drivel when his survival is on the line. Published July 13, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks April 5, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: The new terrorists — they're all of us

Barack Obama, the Chicago messiah who promised to unite a fragmented nation, is succeeding beyond his dreams, and maybe even the dreams of his father, which he wrote about so eloquently in his campaign autobiography. Published July 10, 2012