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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: Going for brass in Beijing 2008

All that glitters is not gold, as China continues to teach the world this week in Beijing. Sometimes the shiny stuff is neither gold nor silver, or even bronze. Only brass. Published August 19, 2008

PRUDEN: A legacy lurks in the shadows

History disabuses every president of the notion that he has a legacy to leave. What he leaves is a record, sometimes written in fire and blood, and history assigns the legacy. Published August 15, 2008

PRUDEN: Burning a path through Georgia

His critics ought to give George W. a little credit. He famously looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and saw a soul. That's more than anybody else has ever found there. Published August 12, 2008

PRUDEN: Now a campaign like all others

Nothing is as fierce as guerrilla warfare, where anything goes. Video warfare, with its manipulated images and half-truths posing as facts, is fiercest of all. The Geneva Convention does not apply. Published August 5, 2008

PRUDEN: The messiah who can't break away

Barack Obama leads in the polls, but every pollster understands the butterflies in the bellies of sober Democrats. With everything going for him, why hasn't Barack Obama put a little daylight between himself and John McCain? Querulous minds want to know. Published July 29, 2008

PRUDEN: When snake oil was in season

Barack Obama finally played the Palace, or at least the Tiergarten, and he left a lot of promises in his wake. He'll get Christians, Muslims and Jews to hit the sawdust trail together, to repent their sins and suspicions and remake the world. Published July 25, 2008

PRUDEN: A new airlift to feed the frenzy

The early precincts are in, and it looks like a landslide. Unfortunately for Barack Obama, these are only the early precincts. America votes later. Published July 22, 2008

PRUDEN: When both look like losers

What happens if it turns out that we've nominated two unelectable candidates for president? Do we get our money back? Published July 15, 2008

PRUDEN: Something else to worry about

Blaming George W. for everything from the dog's mange to an itch in places impolite to scratch is summer fun for a lot of people. So is listening to Barack Obama's gaffes, blunders and splutters. But repetition can make anything boring. Published July 11, 2008

PRUDEN: A pariah leads the way to hell

The only people who shouldn't be surprised by Zimbabwe's descent into the abyss are the people who put them on the road to hell. Published July 1, 2008

PRUDEN: The Court defers to plain language

A nice day's work at the Supreme Court ought to be enough to sober the conservatives who look forward to spending election day sulking because they're unable to fall in love with John McCain. Published June 27, 2008

PRUDEN: Saving us from the race card

So far we haven't seen any evidence that Mr. McCain or the people speaking for him are trying to make anyone afraid of Mr. Obama's race. Published June 24, 2008

PRUDEN: A little trouble with the image

Barack Obama got the polling bump he expected when he clinched the Democratic nomination, but the bump only bumped him to the edge of a shallow but inconvenient ditch. Published June 19, 2008

PRUDEN: Not dead yet, and cooling

We were all supposed to be dead now, done in by AIDS, the gift of the gays. After that it was SARS, bequeathed to the world by China. Then it was avian flu, which, to be fair to the alarmists, did in fact result in the deaths of millions. Published June 17, 2008

PRUDEN: Search for one-eyed man

In the land of the blind, so the ancient philosopher reminds us, the one-eyed man is king. In our own time, the ignorant, the unaware and the witless ride high. Published June 13, 2008

PRUDEN: The faith healer for our time

Barack Obama, without a church since he abandoned the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's congregation of addled bigots, racists and conspiracy nuts, ought to consider starting his own. Having never been inside a church, many of his disciples regard him as the messiah. Published June 10, 2008