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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

People march in support of female empowerment and women's rights Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Portland, Ore. Participants in the #MeToo March gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Associated Press photo

The deadly ignorance on the road to Rome

If America follows Athens and Rome down the memory hole of history — and no nation is immune to the march of time — it won't be by conquest, famine, flood or earthquake, but by the inevitable consequences of ignorance. It's sometimes difficult to think we're not already on the way. Published February 1, 2018

Theodor Herzl. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The growing friendship of evangelicals and Jews

The friendship between America's growing Christian evangelical movement and the state of Israel has been something to complain about for years, both in the United States and in Israel. The American Jewish community is more comfortable with more respectable Christians, without a lot of "Jesus stuff," and the "Jesus stuff" embarrasses some American Christians, too. Published January 29, 2018

President Donald Trump listens during a dinner with European business leaders at the World Economic Forum, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Davos. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump crashes the gasbag party at Davos

Donald Trump crashed the party in Davos late Thursday and the world's economic and cultural elite, and those worthies could only glumly concede that the biggest button, the biggest airplane and the biggest ego puts them and their airs in the shade. Published January 25, 2018

Former President Barack Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Another day at work, another congressional tantrum

Throwing tantrums and shutting down the government is a bipartisan sport. Both Republicans and Democrats have now thrown this particular tantrum, like children fighting over a toy, and it's great fun only for the tantrum-throwers. The rest of us, and that includes both Democrats and Republicans, are not much amused. Published January 22, 2018

Former President Richard Nixon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

An Olympian break in the war between the words

A few Ping-Pong balls broke the Cold War ice around China a generation ago, following Richard Nixon's stunning trip to Beijing (when it was still called Peiping), and soon the United States and China were on their way to normal diplomatic relations. Published January 18, 2018

Sen. Charles E. Schumer. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats decree death in the swamp for the Dreamers

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and their Democratic followers laid a careful trap for their Republican tormentors, and then fell in it. The Republican leadership can keep them from climbing out if they're smart and show a little courage. Published January 15, 2018

Barry Goldwater campaigning in 1964. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The sorehead losers of 2016 suggest a familiar solution

President Trump goes in for his annual physical Friday, and the doctors will only look at things like his blood pressure, listen to his heart, bang on his knees with a little rubber mallet and turn him around for the ever-popular prostate exam. Published January 11, 2018

Angela Merkel. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Frau Merkel gets a lesson in free speech

Free speech, the driving principle of the American experiment in how free men govern themselves, is a principle that does not always travel well. Free speech requires constant defense and the careful attention of loving hands. Mere lip service won't do it. Published January 4, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rocket Man offers an opening, or a trap

Kim Jong-un is entitled to feel pretty good about his skill in playing Washington and the West. There's a history of North Korea getting what it wants and not paying anything for it. A succession of American presidents, Republican and Democrat, have been eager to play the mark. Published January 1, 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Looking for Mueller's red meat main course

The conspiracy theorists are hungry, and Robert Mueller owes them dinner. His pantry is apparently barren of groceries, and he has spent nearly $7 million of the grocery money. Published December 28, 2017

John Brennan. (Associated Press)

A collusion bombshell, but not on target

You've got to give the Democrats and their acolytes in the media credit for courage and a talent for tolerating bad taste and smell. It's not easy to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a corpse. Published December 18, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., holds a news conference to talk about the Democratic victory in the Alabama special election and to discuss the Republican tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

All the Democrats need now are more child molesters

The Democrats are feeling ruff, tuff and ready for the coming battle, and why shouldn't they? They proved in Alabama that with a little help from the other side, a Democrat can still defeat a child molester. Published December 14, 2017

Gloria Allred. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Big media's sad and extremely horrible week

Newspapermen were rarely whiners. Whining became fashionable only after "journalists" overran newsrooms. The best newspapermen, so the folk wisdom went, were Southerners, Jews and the Irish. Published December 11, 2017

James Comey (Associated Press) **FILE**

Robert Mueller's mighty tuna shrinks to a goldfish

Robert Mueller has the heart of a Las Vegas hooker and the guile of a New Orleans stripper. Not to push the metaphor too far, he's skilled at showing a little skin in a cloud of satin and lace, but never quite comes across with what the customer is paying for. Published December 4, 2017

Hedy Lamarr . (Associated Press) ** FILE **

When the prey becomes the predator

It's only a matter of time until the female of the species becomes predator, and is caught in the web of what the country preacher called "he'in and she'in," which has been the favorite game of men and women since Eve disdained perfection in the Garden of Eden. Published November 30, 2017

Charles Manson. (Associated Press)

The stink of the '60s lives with us still

Charles Manson, perhaps the most wicked killer since the Nazis set up their abattoir in the Germany of the previous century, is gone now, banished by death to a decision at the judgment bar of God, from which there is no appeal. But we can measure the damage he and his times did here on our patch of Earth. Published November 27, 2017

Roy Moore. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

No country for the squeamish of any age

America's the greatest land of all, but it's no country for sexually squeamish men, or women either, who are old enough to remember when dignity, decency and decorum were in season. Published November 23, 2017