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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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PRUDEN: Hillary Clinton's war on women

Revenge is a powerful engine, and nothing drives human behavior like it. Love, like candy, is dandy, but revenge, like liquor, is quicker, and the effect is longer lasting. Hillary Clinton seems determined to learn this bitter lesson. Published February 17, 2014

**FILE** President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tour the Iron Dome Battery defense system at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on March 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Suppressing the urge to survive

We've heard this song before. John Kerry has offered the latest new and improved peace plan, to settle once and for all the wars and rumors of war between Israel and the Palestinians and their enablers. Published February 13, 2014

While Lauren Berthiaume, right, shovels her sidewalk, her 17-month-old daughter Rylie Bartusek prefers eating the snow, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Worcester, Mass. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Steve Lanava)

PRUDEN: The end of the snow job

Some of our snow is said to be missing, though you couldn't tell it if you looked around in one of the harshest winters in decades. The sky has been falling nearly everywhere, and 67 percent of North America now lies under a blanket of white. Published February 10, 2014

Pope Francis listens to his speech being translated in several languages, during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for “systematically” adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the bishops who concealed their crimes. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

PRUDEN: Theologians at the United Nations

The Vatican asked for it, with its stalling on what to do about pedophile priests, and putting off what the pope and his bishops know is inevitable. But neither the Roman Catholic Church nor, God knows, the United Nations, comes into the court of public opinion with what the lawyers call, with no intended irony, "clean hands." Published February 6, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie holds a souvenir football helmet as he leaves after a ceremony to pass official hosting duties of next year's Super Bowl to representatives from Arizona, Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 in New York. Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that Gov. Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

PRUDEN: Another ink bomb for Christie

Once the villain, forever the villain. Then your enemies don't have to aim carefully. Just throw anything at hand, a mud ball, a hand grenade, an ink bomb. Maybe something will stick. Published February 3, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: The Republican suicide strategy on immigration

The Republicans are said to be looking for "something big" to smooth the rough places in the path to November, to make life easy and comfortable for incumbents, something to get that infernal racket of the guns out of their ears. Politics can be so fatiguing. Published January 30, 2014

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting, Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

PRUDEN: No sex, please, we're Republicans

Some Republicans missed the birds-and-bees lecture at daddy's knee. Their leader was puzzling Monday over a libido on the eve of President Obama's State of the Union address, when he is expected to elaborate on his scheme to suspend the Constitution. Published January 27, 2014

Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

Corruption in the governor's mansions just ain't what it used to be. A crooked governor of the old school, even an honors graduate in the not-so-long ago, would never have settled for a pair of FootJoy golf shoes and a Rolex. Published January 23, 2014

Hassan Rouhani     Associated Press photo

PRUDEN: Has anyone seen any grit?

The West formally surrendered to Iran on Monday, when the United States and the European Union suspended trade and other sanctions against Tehran. Published January 20, 2014

** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going. But not in Obama World. Not in Hillary World, either. When the telephone rings at 3 o'clock in the morning the safe response is to let it ring. It might be bad news. Time to turn over and try to get back to sleep. Published January 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces a federal probe over whether he violated the law by spending $25 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency money on tourism ads featuring his family. Mr. Christie's office denied any wrongdoing. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Christie's debt to a traffic jam

Chris Christie owes a lot to the Fort Lee traffic jam. He's getting a lot of street cred with the conservatives who only yesterday were skeptical of the governor, remembering his wet-kiss romance with Barack Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Published January 13, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

PRUDEN: Hillary's skeleton stampede

Every night's going to be Halloween for the former Secretary of State. The skeletons in her closet are signing up now for the conga line. Published January 9, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio waves after being sworn in during the public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

PRUDEN: Empty promises, warmed-over Marxism seduce NYC

The life and times of Bill de Blasio, the new mayor of New York City, reads like a satire from the typewriter of Evelyn Waugh. His Honor could have been a minor character in "Scoop," Waugh's classic send-up of newspaper journalism and bungling do-gooders stumbling across the margins of the real world. He's a perfect fit in the scurvy precincts of Gotham's radical left-wing politics. Published January 6, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks past the Presidential seal in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, after a ceremony where President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former President Bill Clinton and others. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PRUDEN: Betrayal that whitewash won't cover

Transparency, the current vogue word for truth-telling, is usually a good thing, unless you're trying to fool all the people some of the time, like spending 7,000 words to resurrect a fairy tale in Benghazi, all to give a helping hand to a lady in distress. Published December 30, 2013

In this May 9, 2012 photo, from left, Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Phil Robertson, Miss Kay Robertson and Si Robertson pose at the A&E Networks 2012 Upfront at Lincoln Center in New York. The Robertsons star in the A&E reality series "Duck Dynasty." (AP Photo/Starpix, Kristina Bumphrey)

PRUDEN: Duck Dynasty's Robertson family teaches Hollywood a lesson

The uproar over "Duck Dynasty" should be studied forever in the business schools as a priceless teaching exercise in marketing quackery. Television executives are so highly paid because they're supposed to be so smart. Rarely have so many smart guys been so out to lunch. Published December 26, 2013

Illustration by Alex Hunter

PRUDEN: The amazing grace of Christmas morn

The malls and the Main Streets fall silent. The ringing cash registers and the happy cries of children will be but ghostly echoes across silent streets as hearths beckon in the fading light, gathering friends and families. Published December 23, 2013

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman says President Obama "owes us an apology" for warning businesses away from the gaming mecca. Getty Images.

PRUDEN: 'Tis the season for apologies

If Barack Obama wants a worthy legacy, now that he is well on his way to wrecking the health care system, he should establish a Cabinet-level department to make sure that every American gets all the apologies he deserves. Published December 19, 2013

Former Vice President Al Gore.

PRUDEN: The global warming scam that will not die

We were all supposed to be dead by now, fried to a toasty potatolike chip. The global alarmists never quite got their story of fright and fear straight, whether by now we would be fried or frozen. Published December 16, 2013