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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, Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, listen as Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for the president, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Terrorism made easy when nobody's looking

President Obama is on his way out, and not a minute too soon. The legacy he obsesses over continues to expand in revealing ways. It may not be exactly what he thinks he's leaving, and it's more legacy than he wants. Published January 5, 2017

In this May 15, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama sits with Attorney General Eric Holder during the 32nd annual the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama has announced plans to improve Democrats down-ballot fortunes once he leaves office. He is launching an initiative with former Attorney General Eric Holder aimed at making Democratic gains when states redraw legislative district lines following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Obama years stumble to a cheesy climax

Everyone only thought the interregnum between presidents was "the natural transition," an orderly march to the beat of neither knives, nor guns or even stones. It's the way Americans have conducted themselves since George Washington turned the house key over to John Adams. Published January 2, 2017

Benjamin Netanyahu (Associated Press)

A knife in the back with Obama's fingerprints

Barack Obama couldn't pass up his last opportunity to put a knife in the back of the Israelis, whom he has demonstrated for years in word and deed that he doesn't like very much. He doesn't like Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, at all. Published December 26, 2016

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The amazing grace of Christmas morn

The malls and the Main Streets will fall silent. The ringing cash registers and the happy cries of children are but ghostly echoes across the silent cities. But the Christ child born in a manger 2,000 years ago lives, liberating the hearts of sinners and transforming the lives of the wicked. Published December 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Putting Campaign '16 to bed at last

Well, now what? Sorehead losers, who have thrived in such graceless abundance since Nov. 8, had been telling anyone who would listen, for more than a year, that Donald Trump could never, ever be elected president of the United States. Published December 19, 2016

Bill Richardson (Associated Press)

The Democratic hangover is on the way

Like it or not, The Democrats will have to come off their crying jag after the inauguration. Some of them will need safe spaces for a little while longer, with calming videos of puppies and kittens. But some senior members of the party understand that soon even Democrats still deep in an endless drunk will have to sober up to deal with cold and unforgiving reality. Published December 15, 2016

Vladimir Putin (Associated Press)

Trying to overturn a free and fair election

The world has turned itself upside down. Only yesterday the liberals and the left (the "progressives," as they want to be called) regarded the CIA as the locus of evil, the gang that couldn't shoot straight, forever poisoning gentle minds with a diet of conspiracy and tall tale. Published December 12, 2016

Colin Kaepernick (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The killer wind from Hurricane Donald

They said it couldn't be done, and even if it could, Donald Trump wouldn't be the man to do it. But a fresh wind from somewhere is blowing through the jungle where the timid, the fearful and the politically correct cower in the shade of the no-no tree. Published December 8, 2016

Nancy Pelosi (Associated Press)

The revolt of the peasants gathers steam

The populist saber continues to cut the elites down to size. The elites, who think they know it all and are uniquely qualified to tell everyone else how to live, took another pasting Sunday in the Italian elections. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi felt so humiliated by voter rejection of his proposals for constitutional reform that he quit on the spot. Published December 5, 2016

Ron Wyden (Associated Press)

The churls and their denial and grief

Life is not fair to losers, or the critics of Donald Trump, and the way he won the presidency. He just won't stand still and give the rotten eggs a chance to hit their mark. Published December 1, 2016

Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The melting of campus snowflakes

Academic freedom, once so popular in the faculty lounges, appears to be optional on many campuses where college presidents wilt under the first squeals of snowflakes. Published November 28, 2016

Sen. Jeff Sessions (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The agony of watching the transition

What we used to call "the press," before the newspapers aspired to be part of the professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy. Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by definition, and now they're something called "the media." Marshall McLuhan, who invented the concept if not the word, must never be forgiven. Published November 24, 2016

Rudy Giuliani (Associated Press)

Chaos in transition, business as usual

The Democrats and their media acolytes keep sorting through the entrails of road kill looking for clues to find the disaster to unmake the making of the president. So far nothing has worked. Published November 17, 2016

Bill Clinton campaigning in 2016    Associated Press photo

The Clintons and a long goodbye to Arkansas

This has been a bad year for dreams of dynasties. The Bush dynasty has been dismantled with Jeb, who was the first favored son, writing finis to the family dream of a trifecta. Published November 14, 2016

Dan Quayle (Associated Press)

Drowning the elites in the gene pool

The 2016 elections are a gift that keeps on giving, and nothing has been sweeter than watching the chattering class being taken back to school. Rarely has smug arrogance been so sharply rebuked. It's delicious to watch. Yum, yum. Published November 10, 2016

Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A day to separate the losers

This is the day that divides winners and losers, and it's fashionable to say it's about time. But watching the losers of aught-16 do it unto themselves was the best part of the show. Published November 7, 2016

Ronald Reagan campaigning in 1980

Reprising Hillary's choke of 2008

Choking is never pretty to watch, whether by a football team, in a child or by a political candidate suddenly running in blind panic. Nobody does the choke better than Hillary Clinton. Published November 3, 2016