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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: Obama feels the clenched fist

Silver linings are deceptive and often hard to find, but that might be a tiny sliver of silver in that dark cloudbank over Iran. Barack Obama got notice from the election results that his tongue, golden and honeyed though it may be, is no match for reality. Published June 16, 2009

PRUDEN: When discontent stalks the land

Suddenly it's the summer of everyone's discontent, and we're not even to the Fourth of July. The Democrats are plotting mutiny over Nancy Pelosi's vast and costly scheme to make the weather behave. Bankrupt General Motors gets a new president who says he doesn't know anything about cars. Barack Obama wants the feds to decree how much an executive should be paid for his work. The president's erstwhile pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is baaaack, with more tall tales of Jewish perfidy. Hil and Bill (he no longer gets top billing even at home) not only can't elect a governor of Virginia but can't even get a pal elected the a state legislature, and Barney Frank, ever alert to the sight of a camera, walks out of a television interview. Published June 12, 2009

PRUDEN: Every man had to be a hero

The reunion of old soldiers becomes ever more poignant as the boys of an earlier summer move closer to the shadows that eventually embrace us all. The old battlefields that once commanded the rapt attention of everyone become remembrance colored in fading shades of sepia. Published June 9, 2009

PRUDEN: 'Inner Muslim' at work in Cairo

Now it's on to Normandy, to apologize to the Germans. It's the least an American president can do after the way the Allied armies left so much of Europe in rubble. There's a lot of groveling to do for what America accomplished in the Pacific, too. Published June 5, 2009

PRUDEN: Walking the talk back to Arabia

Barack Obama is off to see the Arab world, taking carefully polished apologies and regrets and an assortment of grovels, but probably all unavailing. The Muslims want deeds, not words. Published June 2, 2009

PRUDEN: A little mockery from Axis of Evil

Two of the peace-loving republics formerly known as the Axis of Evil threw a frightful scare into anyone paying attention Monday, with North Korea exploding a nuclear bomb as powerful as the one that destroyed Hiroshima and Iran telling Barack Obama to get lost (and take his teleprompter with him). Published May 26, 2009

PRUDEN: Frilly Valentine not for friends

Benjamin Netanyahu is back in town, and he could make Barack Obama's life easier if he would just go away. The president is trying to concentrate on the frilly Valentine he's taking to the Muslims next month in Cairo, the latest stop on his global blush, bow low and apologize tour. Published May 19, 2009

PRUDEN: Lady's got ants in her pants

Nobody's having more fun watching Nancy Pelosi squirm than the ants in her pants. The dowager queen of Capitol Hill was shocked - shocked! - by what's been going on at Guantanamo, and reveled in telling everyone so. Published May 15, 2009

PRUDEN: Even a messiah loses his training wheels

Disconnecting the training wheels is a scary prospect for every apprentice biker, even with Daddy standing close by. We can sympathize with Barack Obama's fright as his moment approaches. Published May 12, 2009

PRUDEN: Borking machine gets early tuneup

The president hasn't nominated anyone to the Supreme Court yet but Democrats on the fringe are tuning up the Borking machine. The target is not the nominee, but the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Published May 8, 2009

PRUDEN: Would you buy a car from Obama?

The real test of Barack Obama's sex appeal is coming soon to an automobile showroom near you - Would you buy a new car from this man? Published May 5, 2009

PRUDEN: More to panic about: Biden's hoof-in-mouth

The president wants everybody to wash his (and her) hands to avoid catching the disease formerly known as swine flu, but the ablution that probably tempts Barack Obama is washing his hands of Joe Biden. Published May 1, 2009

PRUDEN: A pandemic of panic -- are we dead yet?

We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS, SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by kudzu. But here we are, proof that there really is life after death. Published April 28, 2009

PRUDEN: Steady descent into third world

Opening a can of worms always tempts a mischief-maker, but it's risky business. That can of worms might turn out to be a can of snakes, like Barack Obama's latest gift to the nation. Published April 24, 2009

PRUDEN: The insults were only for America

The president's critics ought to lighten up. We should give him credit for not knowing any better. (He was "finished" and "polished" at Harvard, after all.) Barack Obama is an accident of history, a street hustler from the South Side of Chicago with the gift of gab who landed on the world stage like a whale beached at the whim of a storm, the wrong man at the right time. Published April 21, 2009

PRUDEN: Hail the tea bag, weapon of terror

These are not your granny's tea parties. One tea party even panicked Secret Service bodyguards when a foolish tea-sipper threw a harmless tea bag over the White House fence. Published April 17, 2009

PRUDEN: No work here for Mr. Nice Guy

Barack Obama doesn't have much time to bask in the success of the Navy's rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. The pirates vow to inflict brutal vengeance, all to put the fear of Allah into the civilized seafaring nations of the West. Published April 14, 2009

PRUDEN: The challenge on the bounding main

Just when we need Captain Bligh he's gone AWOL. The harsh and unforgiving skipper of HMS Bounty would make quick work of the Somali pirates. Published April 10, 2009

PRUDEN: Tickling with cheap flattery

Barack Obama may not be the Big Thinker his fans think he is, but his big-time groveling is impressive. We've never seen a presidential performance quite like his Groveling, Toadying and Apple-Polishing Tour of the Olde Countries. If this is Monday, this must be a mosque. Published April 7, 2009

PRUDEN: Obama discovers complicated world

Barack Obama's late education continues. He discovered in London that the world, like life, is "complicated." France and Germany threatened to gang up on "le Anglo-Saxons." The last president who marveled at how suddenly the world gets "complicated" after the election was Jimmy Carter. Published April 3, 2009