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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

**FILE** U.S. envoy Chris Stevens (center), accompanied by British envoy Christopher Prentice (left), speaks April 11, 2011, to Council member for Misrata Dr. Suleiman Fortia (right) at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Betrayal in Benghazi, Libya, as clear as a sore toe

Mitt Romney should think of the betrayal in Benghazi as gout in Barack Obama’s left big toe, and step on it hard at every opportunity. The president will feel it, and the memory of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens deserves no less. Published October 16, 2012

Abe Rosenthal

PRUDEN: Quelling panic in the ranks is Job 1 for Obama campaign

There’s not a dry mattress, pair of skivvies or delicate lace panty anywhere out there. The president is chasing an imaginary bird, the pollsters are choking back panic (“Has our methodology been wrong?”), and the media glitteries are even more hysterical than usual. (“How can anyone as wonderful as us be so wrong?”) Published October 12, 2012

Teleprompter of the United States

PRUDEN: Debate aftermath: Deadly peril outside the media bubble

Now we’ll see how much debates really matter. Often they don’t matter much. But the presidential debate Wednesday night might matter a great deal, not because of what the candidates said, but what the debate told us about who the candidates really are. Published October 5, 2012

Alfred E. Neuman

PRUDEN: Once more, Stupid: It’s the economy

We may be a nation of saps, if the pollsters are correct in their current assessment of the presidential race, but we’re a nation of good-hearted saps. We always want to do the right thing. We like that lovable ol’ lug in the White House, blundering and incompetent though he is. We want to think highly of ourselves, and how better to do it than by voting for Barack Obama? Published October 2, 2012

Mitt Romney

PRUDEN: The great media slide continues

The distrust of the media becomes total. That’s hardly news to anyone, except to the clueless editors and publishers of the big newspapers and the big mules of the television networks, who see their audiences shrinking and wonder why. Published September 28, 2012

The Gaffe Patrol

PRUDEN: Obama’s Gaffe Patrol shoots blanks

“Government intelligence” sounds like an oxymoron, and maybe that’s why President Obama usually skips his daily intelligence briefings. He prefers to get up to date on his iPad. Published September 21, 2012

Susan Rice

PRUDEN: Free speech takes a licking in the Middle East and at home

President Obama and his men (and particularly his women) are having a tough time standing upright in the fierce wind blowing from the east. The troops are leaderless and the leader is rudderless. Their strategy, unique in American history, is making a wish for the barbarians to be nice. Published September 18, 2012

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