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Pruden: Obama’s coalition of the unwilling

By Wesley Pruden Effective leaders never blow an uncertain trumpet. It neither inspires nor encourages, and only poisons the air. Better not to blow at all. Barack Obama says he wants to “degrade and destroy” the barbarians of the Islamic State, but he won’t call it a war, won’t necessarily fight it to a triumphant […]

Pruden: Scotland the brave, on the brink

By Wesley Pruden Old Blighty and Scotland the Brave have a lot of friends in places where it won’t do the kingdom much good this week. The vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom, which seems unbelievable to outsiders, is so close that even the queen is getting into it. On her way […]

Pruden: Off to a war, maybe

By Wesley Pruden Douglas MacArthur got it right, two or so generations ago. “In war,” he said after he was sacked by President Truman for wanting to spend the blood and muscle of young Americans for something greater than stalemate in Korea, “there is no substitute for victory.” Barack Obama, for all his gifts of […]

Pruden: When presidential boredom is not an option

By Wesley Pruden President Obama’s hair, like the locks of most of the presidents in their second terms, has turned white. He says he doesn’t get enough sleep, but he’s nevertheless energized, not exhausted. Bored is more like it. There should be plenty to keep the president from nodding off. He can see that the […]

Pruden: Obama gets a booster shot in Britain

By Wesley Pruden Barack Obama spent Thursday in Wales, surrounded by NATO allies, and he borrowed a little courage from David Cameron, the prime minister of Britain, who is fed up with the barbarism of rogue Muslims who have established a thriving nest in his country, incubating terrorists. In the safety of the shadow of […]

Pruden: Mr. Obama searches for a horse

By Wesley Pruden There’s chatter, and there’s chatter, and only a trained intelligence ear can tell the difference. The trained ears are trying now to determine what to make of the chatter about a new attack on the United States, here or abroad and perhaps coordinated by the Islamic State (usually called ISIS). If there’s […]

Pruden: Another look at a savvy loser

By Wesley Pruden Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama if they were matched again today. One or two polls say so. But they’re not matched today and a poll like that is only for a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee. It’s interesting because the Great Mentioner is mentioning Mr. Romney, despite his protests, […]

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