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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

Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Another attempt, another failure of suppression of faith

President Xi Jinping of China is about to learn what despots before learned, to their consternation, puzzlement and grief. He has set out, as Mao Zedong did before him, to crush and squeeze the Christians in China until he has eliminated them all. Published August 20, 2018

Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar (Associated Press)

Giddy with moral victories and intramural success

Democrats have an impressive winning streak leading up to the November midterm congressional elections. Candidate after candidate has run up big numbers, leaving the party giddy with expectations of miracles to come. Published August 16, 2018

Angela Merkel

The unlikely political feats of late summer

Jews are smart. Everyone knows that. We just didn't know how smart. Gen. Gholam Reza Jalili, the brilliant military mind of Iran, is a man not easily fooled. He has figured out that drought in Iran is the work of those wily Jews, identifying the problem as the International Jewish Cloud Conspiracy. Published August 13, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A wake-up call for the sleeping beauties

The midterm congressional election campaigns are about to be upon us. Labor Day is when campaigns get serious, and this year we still don't have a name for the Nov. 6 elections. Published August 9, 2018

Al Capone. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Creative writing about Mr. Trump's troubles

Donald Trump's critics have made a wonderful contribution to our golden age of letters. But who could have guessed that this glorious abundance of creative writing would be found in political commentary? Published August 6, 2018

Helen Thomas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The derangement virus stalks the land

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) rarely kills, but it wounds, and it might be fatal to the Democratic crusade to take back the House. Published August 2, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The noisy clashing dreams of 2020

Even fake news has its standards, and fake news has its fans, depending on who the faker may be. A faker should not be confused with a fakir, a wandering Hindu holy man or sometimes a Muslim beggar of alms. They're all just trying to make a living. Published July 30, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Making sport calling out 'them lyin' newspapers

Calling out "them lyin' newspapers" has been standard stump speech since the first cave-man candidate invited the mob to start chunking rocks at the village blowhard. The chunking was such fun the custom survives. Published July 26, 2018

Martin Luther from an engraving circa 1520. (Associated Press)

Walking too close to the Donald

Patience is a Christian virtue, and no one has to cultivate patience like an evangelical Christian trying to be patient with Donald Trump. Published July 23, 2018

Walter Matthau. (Associated Press)

Mainstream media are awash in a tsunami of trivia

The media is guilty of manifold sins, as God and everyone else know, but President Trump has misdiagnosed what's wrong with the media. It's not deliberate "fakery," but a tsunami of too much news badly edited, if edited at all. We're awash in information, much of it show-biz trivia that we don't need. Published July 19, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Stumbling into hellfire in Helsinki

How does Donald Trump test the patience, forbearance, loyalty and endurance of the millions who trusted him to drain the swamp, restore a strong American voice in the world, cast out evil-doers and deliver America from the clutch of those who would trash the dream? Let us count the ways. Published July 16, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron. (Associated Press)

This is no NATO for deadbeats

The Europeans wrote the book on how to be successful deadbeats. We got another demonstration of that at the NATO summit this week in Brussels. Some of the chief practitioners of the art of welshing on a debt take a fulsome pride in their deadbeat pedigree. Published July 12, 2018

Boris Johnson. (Associated Press)

There's life in Old Blighty yet

The good ol' boys, if there were any in Old Blighty, could tell Theresa May how and why she finds herself in such a mess in London, with a Brexit disaster only inches away: "You always go home with the one who brung you to the dance." This is folk wisdom every conscientious mother should impart to her daughter, early and often. Published July 9, 2018

President James Madison. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Making book on a sure thing

I've got your judge right here: Gentlemen, place your bets. I've got Brett Kavanaugh at 5 to 2, Amy Coney Barrett at 4 to 1, and coming up fast on the inside, Ray Kethledge at 8 to 3. Kavanaugh has been on a bit of a fade, Miss Amy is holding steady over the past 24 hours, and some smart money is trending toward Kethledge. Looks like a down to the wire race. Published July 5, 2018

Sen. Susan Collins. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The inevitable search for the litmus test

Litmus test, litmus test, who's got a litmus test? Well, apparently just about every senator on the left. A litmus test -- a standard beyond which one won't go, like Barack Obama's famous red line in Syria -- was once derided as the mark of a rigid mind. Now that the independent mind has gone out of style, everybody wants to impose a litmus test. Published July 2, 2018

Rep. Maxine Waters. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Barking mad and proud of it

Bonnie and Clyde sometimes called themselves "bank inspectors," but they were only kidding. The Palestinian Authority, the famous terrorist collective pretending to be a nation, collects $350 million from the U.S. Treasury every year to pay "salaries" to imprisoned terrorists, make love offerings to families of dead terrorists, celebrate terrorists as heroes, build monuments to dead criminals, and other bad things. And that's no joke. Published June 25, 2018

Sen. Chuck Schumer. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats in a lather over the good news

Barack Obama is miffed because he thinks he collected the tinder for a booming economy, and events ignited a booming economy and the Donald gets the credit. That's pretty fanciful, as most economists will tell you. But now Mr. Obama can watch with a measure of pleasure as President Trump takes heat for using the Obama example of how to deal with the children brought by their families to the hell on the border. Published June 21, 2018

Stonewall Jackson. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Is California too much of a good thing?

Cutting Texas down to size is always a good thing to do, and if we have to carve up California to do it, well, that's life. The current popular notion in California would divide the Golden State into three new states, something that could be no longer be called Golden but perhaps Plastic, Pewter and Brass. Published June 18, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Sex, lies and betrayal at the FBI

If Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray want to clean house at the FBI, they'll be well advised to pack a good lunch. Cleaning this house will be an all-day job. The agency under James B. Comey has been more corrupt than we thought. Published June 14, 2018