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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

Alexis de Tocqueville

Helping those who help themselves in Baton Rouge

America is a remarkable country, and sometimes it takes a disaster to remind us of how remarkable it is. The millions who indulge a little self-pity over having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should look to Baton Rouge for another view. Published August 29, 2016

Rosa Luxemburg (Associated Press)

Black Lives Matter and the endless war against the Jews

The man who controls the language controls the conversation, as George Orwell rightly observed. The word that the left is trying, with a certain success, to appropriate now is "genocide." Genocide is what Hitler set out to do, to exterminate Europe's Jews (and who knows where his evil ambition would have gone from there). Published August 25, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

For sale, the most brazen president money can buy

It's coming clear now why Hillary Clinton wanted her own email server, free from oversight by anyone, and why she resisted so ferociously enabling anyone from getting even a hint to what she was hiding. Her presidency, if there is one, has been sold, and a new batch of emails pried out of the government by Judicial Watch reveals the going rate for Hillary. Published August 22, 2016

President Barack Obama is seated in the presidential vehicle as his motorcade leaves after playing a round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The humiliation of a president

"We do not pay ransom. We didn't here, and we won't in the future." Barack Obama might like to have that one back this morning, to stick a pin in the moving finger that writes. But the finger done writ, and it won't come back to cancel a single line of the president's fatuous fib that the United States didn't pay $400 million to ransom four hostages taken by the president's friends in Tehran. Published August 18, 2016

FBI Director James B. Comey. (Associated Press)

Life is just fairer to some than to others

Millions of Americans, mostly Democrats but a few sourball Republicans, tell pollsters and anyone who doesn't want to listen that they're preparing themselves to ignore the stink and shame of Hillary Clinton when they vote in November. They're advised here to prepare themselves for a protracted season of malaise and buyer's remorse. Published August 15, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a speech on the economy after touring Futuramic Tool & Engineering, in Warren, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

When a presidential race rages out of control

It's the conceit of every generation that horses have never been faster, whisky has never been older, beautiful women have never been younger — and politics have never been rowdier. But maybe our generation has a legitimate claim. Published August 11, 2016

John F. Kennedy    Associated Press photo

Hillary's falls recall the health questions JFK tried to dodge

The health of a prospective president is one of the most important issues of any campaign, but whether to ask hard questions about a candidate is usually a matter of whose prospective president, and whose health. When the prospective president is a Democrat, the media only sends candy, flowers and best wishes. Published August 8, 2016

An untold woman's story of World War II

One morning in early 1942, with the nation suddenly at war and not doing very well at it, President Franklin D. Roosevelt summoned Sen. Kenneth D. McKellar, a crusty old senator from Tennessee, to the White House. The president explained that he had to hide a billion dollars in the budget for a super-secret defense plant. Published August 4, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives for a rally at East High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., are on a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Neither wit nor humor, but a lot of lyin' goin' on

Wit and humor have been drained from our politics, and this year it's just as well. There's not much to laugh about. Either candidate would be something of joke enough in any other year. Published August 1, 2016

Warren G. Harding (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Donald Trump, the unstoppable force of nature -- maybe

The dogs bark, the flies scatter, the gasbags at the conventions send enormous clouds of toxic waste to hover over Cleveland and Philadelphia that won't dissipate until Labor Day, and the caravan moves on. Election Day approaches, and rarely have so many been so disappointed with the choice before us. Published July 28, 2016

Tim Kaine (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A sad tale of two disposable veeps

A governor is always a good choice for a vice president. He (or she) has learned how to run an administration, how to work with a cranky legislature and understands staying close to the people who elected him. There's no Praetorian guard to keep him separated from the people. Published July 25, 2016

Sheldon Adelson. (Associated Press)

Now it's time to pay for the fun

Money is not the mother's milk of politics, as the bundler's cliche goes, but homemade vanilla ice cream, rich and creamy. Donald Trump hasn't been getting any. Not much and not lately, anyway. Published July 21, 2016

Bob Dole (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The last yelps of sore losers

Time is running out for the sore losers in Cleveland (and other places). Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee, and attacks on him now, deserved or not, are attacks on the party and can only cripple the chances of taking back the White House. Published July 18, 2016

Boris Johnson. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A rousing week for the Gaffe Patrol

The Gaffe Patrol, that brave and courageous squadron of the media that sets out to seek and destroy politicians and others who inadvertently say something to offend the code of political correctness, has had a remarkably good week here in the Lower 48. Published July 14, 2016

Chief Justice John Roberts. (Associated Press)

The election to terrify us all

This might be remembered as the year when they gave an election and nobody came. The millions stayed home, the champagne went uncorked, and everybody lived in semi-misery ever after. Published July 11, 2016

Trey Gowdy (Associated Press) **FILE**

The lawbreaker 'too big to jail'

James Comey continues to supply the champagne at Hillary Clinton's headquarters, after making sure she wouldn't have to spend Election Night in a 5 by 7 jail cell. That wouldn't be big enough to accommodate her pants suits. Published July 7, 2016

Theresa May. (Associated Press)

It's always 'Look for the woman'

Trying to sound wise about another country's politics is usually a fool's game, and from this side of the Atlantic it looked like Boris Johnson had a lock on becoming the next prime minister in London. He was the face of the successful effort to pry Britain from the moldy clutches of Europe, and who could stop him? Published July 4, 2016

A workable alternative to synthetic soldiers

The Obama administration's big idea, proudly disclosed Thursday that "transgender individuals" -- not to be confused with "men" and "women" -- can now serve openly in the U.S. military services. This ends one of the last bans on service in the nation's armed forces and opens a new chapter of men at arms. HMS Pinafore goes to war. Published June 30, 2016

Chicken Little

Nobody does hysteria like the media

Chicken Little will have company when the sky falls on the British isles and the world ends, which the European Union, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the BBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and Barack Obama can now say with confidence will be at 2:20 in the morning next Thursday (just in time for the late final editions). Published June 27, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The bad moon rising over Hillary

Hillary Clinton won't be able to say she didn't see the bad moon rising. Donald Trump gave her a blistering introduction this week to Presidential Politics 102, which differs in a remarkable way from Politics 101, which she encountered in her first attempt in 2008 and before that as the managing partner in Bubba's two campaigns. Published June 23, 2016