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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

Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Vladimir Putin continues the late education of Barack Obama

The devil can quote Scripture, as any theologian can tell you, and just because Vladimir Putin says something doesn't make it not so. The big chief of the Russians has challenged the theology of the Church of Global Warming in advance of a convocation of nations this month in Paris to come up with ideas for monetizing a myth. Published November 2, 2015

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. (Associated Press)

A rowdy night with television's junior varsity

The rule in politics is that you can never win an argument with the man who buys ink by the barrel, so the wise man knows better than to start one. But paper and ink are not as important as they once were; knowing how to read is so 20th century. Just shut up and listen. Published October 29, 2015

Joe Biden. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Once more, Hillary's a sure thing again

The Washington landscape is littered with presidential sure-things who never made it. A month ago, Hillary Clinton was lying dead in the weeds, waiting only the undertaker's art to make the corpse presentable. Joe Biden was the man standing by to take the party's desperate call to 911. Published October 26, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Lies, lies and whoppers in the Middle East

A diplomat, as any deputy assistant associate undersecretary could tell you, is a public servant paid to lie for his country. Lies are the hard currency in the land of the girly men. Published October 22, 2015

Martha Stewart. (Associated Press)

Hillary as first prisoner-in-chief

More than a few obstacles lie in Hillary Clinton's path to the White House, but the threat of an indictment, or even conviction and a term in a federal pokey, doesn't have to be one of them. Published October 19, 2015

Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign said a less than 1 percent tax on Americans making more than $1 million per year would cover the lost revenue from a repeal of the Obamacare "Cadillac tax." (Associated Press)

The political passion for obsession

The Democrats continue to be obsessed with guns and the weather, the two biggest things they can't do anything about. Published October 15, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent.

Catnip for a Clinton

This could be make or break week for Hillary Clinton. She still has the money, the name recognition, and the big donors, but her sinking poll numbers say the public is finally on to her, and besides, who wants the distractions of another round of Flem Snopes and his kin in the White House? Published October 12, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

The cipher in the White House

Perhaps it's not fair to blame Barack Obama for the mess he's making. The Middle East is where chaos was invented, after all, and perhaps not even the collection of incompetents and boobs the president has installed in the White House could make things this bad. Maybe it's someone else's fault. He blames the Jews. Published October 8, 2015

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Gumming up the works over Benghazi

Pity the American voter. Angry, frustrated and desperate, in successive elections he delivers more Republican soldiers to Congress, all in the spirit of Dr. Johnson's famous description of a second marriage as "the triumph of hope over experience." All that changes in Washington is the size of the nothingburgers. Published October 5, 2015

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during a high level meeting on Somalia at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When world leaders got garbage for lunch

They gave the world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations, lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders munching on the people's dime said a good time was had by all, but that's only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully conceded that that garbage was what it was. Published October 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum in Manchester, N.H., on Aug. 3, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The hunting of Ben Carson

The civility and good manners crowd is attempting to destroy Ben Carson, but so far it isn't working. He said something about Muslim presidential candidates that was harsh but a mile this side of over-the-top, and instead of a ride out of town on a rusty rail he watched his numbers spike. Published September 28, 2015

New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra waves to the fans before the baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Farewell to an all-American oddball

"It ain't over 'til it's over," the wisest of the philosophers of sport famously said, but now it really, really is. They don't make 'em like Yogi Berra any more, who disdained cliches like this one to make up his own. Published September 24, 2015

In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Angling for a piece of the pope

Everybody wants a piece of the pope. Fidel Castro and his little brother in crime applaud Pope Francis' assault on the very idea of capitalism, and Barack Obama wants to use the pontiff as a recruit in his war on what he perceives to be the "social injustice" of thwarting the Obama agenda and threatening the Obama legacy. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

This is how we get a president

The Republicans are still looking for the right someone to carry their banner into the election next November, and they're getting a pretty good idea now of who they don't want. That's the first step, after all, in making a choice, as any town belle could tell you. Published September 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Can anybody here 'catch the moment?'

The Republican topsiders will be playing in a new landscape Wednesday night in the political season's second debate. The old landscape is as remote now as a valley on the moon. The suspense is all about who emerges as No. 2. Published September 14, 2015

"That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility," said Hillary Rodham Clinton about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. (Associated Press)

The coming deluge on Hillary's parade

Drip, drip, drip. Anyone can see that the lady's coiffure is damp and her shoes need attention, but she's not yet soaking wet. So when does the drip, drip, drip become the deluge? Maybe sooner than later. Published September 10, 2015

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman         Associated Press photo

A novel solution to racial resentment

Reparations is an idea whose time has not yet come, but agitation for it -- reimbursing black folks for damage done to their slave ancestors -- thrives in certain quarters. Published September 7, 2015

Donald Trump (Associated Press)

The Donald tries out for the team

Now even Donald Trump is taking himself seriously. He's trying now to be colorful without being reckless, careful not to be rude when he doesn't have to be, and playing less the showboat and more like someone trying out for the team. Published September 3, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair    Associated Press photo

New pronouns for the traveling freak show

Caitlyn Jenner, taking pride in his or her decolletage with a smart new frock for his famous Vanity Fair photo shoot, started the madness of the summer of '15, but he's got nothing on the educationist establishment. They're nothing but boobs (and proud of it). Published August 31, 2015