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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

PRUDEN: Setting up 'Miss Blank' for the smack-down

With Arlen Specter now retired to the Republic of Oblivia, the land of humiliated incumbents, attention focuses on Blanche Lincoln, who must enjoy attention while she can. She, too, seems en route to the province of the memorably forgotten. Published May 20, 2010

PRUDEN: A salute to FEMA in Nashville

George W. Bush taught Barack Obama one big thing, and the new president learned the lesson well. When a storm strikes it's important to send help, not grudging hindrance. Published May 18, 2010

PRUDEN: A salute to FEMA in soggy Nashville

George W. Bush taught Barack Obama one big thing, and the new president learned the lesson well. When a storm strikes it's important to send help, not grudging hindrance. Published May 18, 2010

PRUDEN: The First Amendment under 'progressive' siege

Once upon a time we could count on lawyers and law school professors to defend the First Amendment, the most important 46 words in the Constitution. Those 46 words make everything else possible. Shut up the people and the government can shut down every other freedom. Published May 14, 2010

PRUDEN: A stealth mission for Elena Kagan

It takes a tough man to raise a tender chicken, as we all know, and it's going to take a big justice to do all the things expected of Elena Kagan. Published May 11, 2010

PRUDEN: Oil spreads across the Atlantic

Buyer's remorse has become a chronic disease of the democracies. Candidates who look good in winter turn out not to taste so good in summer. We can expect to see a new outbreak in Britain sometime after this weekend. Published May 7, 2010

PRUDEN: Britain's taste of hopey-changey

Britain gave us Twiggy (remember her?) and the Beatles, and this week it's payback time. We're returning the favor with the slap and dash of an American presidential election. Published May 4, 2010

PRUDEN: Calling in the clowns to reform Wall Street

Henry Kissinger once observed that it was too bad that Iran and Iraq couldn't both lose their war with each other. It's tempting to apply that to the principals in the faceoff between the U.S. Senate and Goldman Sachs. Published April 30, 2010

PRUDEN: Fear, loathing on money trail

Money is a lot like blood. Blood spilled in the jungle is easy to track. Money spilled in the pursuit of avarice and greed can be easy to follow, too, sometimes even to Pennsylvania Avenue. Published April 23, 2010

PRUDEN: Constitution, anyone?

The House of Representatives takes up legislation this week to grant voting rights to the residents of the District of Columbia, and among all the contentious voices there's none to speak up for the Constitution. Published April 20, 2010

PRUDEN: Surrendering an ally is no strategy at all

Barack Obama has come up with an interesting strategy for dealing with the evildoers of the world. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Surrender your friends, if necessary. Published April 16, 2010

PRUDEN: Chance for 41 votes and a spine

Alexander Hamilton thought "the judiciary will always be the least dangerous institution to the Constitution" because it has neither "the sword nor the purse." He never imagined that judges could, or would want to, steal from Congress the power and authority to write the nation's laws. Published April 13, 2010

PRUDEN: No nukes not good news

America will survive the Obama administration, though it might test the limits of the patience of the divine providence that has protected our republic so far. Published April 9, 2010

PRUDEN: Some presidents talk too much

What this country needs, in addition to the elusive nickel cigar, is a president with less presence and more absence. Not just from Barack Obama, but from whoever follows him as well. Celebrities, even presidents, can be too much among us. They, like us, suffer for it. Published April 6, 2010

PRUDEN: Easter in Jewish Jerusalem

Celebrating Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the most important holy day for Christians of all denominations, can be deadly in the Middle East. Reciting a Scripture or humming a hymn could cost your head in Saudi Arabia, and you could risk other highly valued body parts in the similarly benighted ninth-century neighborhoods abounding in the lands of caliphs, imams and ayatollahs. Published April 2, 2010

PRUDEN: Can Israel survive friends like these?

This is the moment a certain number of a certain breed of Democrats have been waiting for. The latest outburst of bad feeling between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu can be the cover they seek for finally putting the Jews in their place. Published March 26, 2010

PRUDEN: Now comes November

Now the real fun begins. President Obama and his Democratic legion, frightened with good cause, want the health care "reform" debate to be over and done with. "It's time to move on." Lots of luck with that. Published March 23, 2010