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With John Kerry on the eve of uniting the Democratic Party and George W. Bush sinking slowly in national polls, political reality seems to have begun to glimmer inside the Bush White House, to the point that the president has now decided the better part of valor would be an "independent inquiry" into the claims... Read More
"Think," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld enjoined the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. "It took us 10 months tofind Saddam Hussein. The reality is that the hole he was found hiding in was large enough to hold enough biological weapons to kill thousands of human beings." OK, and therefore what exactly? That the missing weapons... Read More
With what may have been the single most effective act of terrorism in history, the forces of Al Qaeda have managed to knock out of the American-led coalition of their enemies one of its major (indeed, one of its few) European allies and shatter the delusions of victories the Bush administration loves to flaunt. What... Read More
With the grotesque spectacle of the burned and bludgeoned bodies ofAmerican civilians hanging from a bridge over the Euphrates, Americans need to start thinking about what the Bush administration has dragged the nation into, how we can get out of it and why it happened at all. The answers to the last question popped up... Read More
Only a few weeks after the anniversary of the grand cakewalk through Iraq by American forces, it is obvious that the war that was supposed to have been over a year ago is not only still going on but is escalating—and that American forces are not exactly winning. Sometime between the Madrid bombing last month... Read More
Forget September 11th. For the last several weeks, the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of that date have grilled just about every policy wonk, major or minor, past or present, this side of the moons of Jupiter in an effort to find somebody—mainly the Bush administration—to blame. The administration may share blame, but unless someone... Read More
Somewhat breathlessly, the New York Times has discovered, as a headline this week informed us, that "Lack of Resolution In Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided." [by David D. Kilpatrick, April 19, 2004]. Translated into American, that means many conservatives are less than enchanted with the quick and easy cakewalk to peace and democracy in Iraq on... Read More
Is there any particular reason why Americans should be surprised at the tales of torture coming out of the world's youngest democracy in Iraq? What else exactly did you expect? That we really went to Iraq for the purpose of creating a democracy? My purpose is not to sound either blasé or cynical about the... Read More
In the unlikely event you might have considered taking seriously last week's warnings by the Attorney General and the Director of the FBIthat Al Qaeda is planning another terrorist attack on the United States, Homeland Security czar Tom Ridge was able to put you at your ease. Don't let a little terrorism spoil the Memorial... Read More
Probably nothing has made neoconservative chicken hawks flap and crow quite like the conclusion announced last week by the Sept 11 Commission that it could establish no "collaborative relationship"between Al Qaeda and the regime of Saddam Hussein. For the next several days the Bush administration (including the president himself) and its water-fetchers in the media... Read More
Well over a year ago, neoconservative David Frum unleashed an unpleasant gob of spit in National Review accusing a number of veteran conservative writers (including me) of being "unpatriotic conservatives" [NRO, March 19, 2003] because we opposed President Bush's war with Iraq. Today Mr. Frum ought to rewrite his article. The founder and editor ofNational... Read More
It must be difficult for President Bush's speechwriters to keep coming up with plausible reasons as to why the United States should have gone to war with Iraq, but the White House wordsmiths surely earn their salaries. This week the president took himself to a rally in Tennessee where he once again explained why "we... Read More
Having made such a smashing success out of its war with Iraq, the Bush administration now seems to be pondering the glories of yetanother one in Iran. In recent weeks, various administration officials and their amen corner in the neoconservative press have muttered and mumbled about theperils of Iran suddenly developing—guess what?—"weapons of mass destruction."... Read More
As President Bush's lead in the polls started to wobble after his first debate with John Kerry last week, White House haggling over certain legislative proposals in Congress could deal the finishing blow to Mr. Bush's hopes to remain president. The legislation, known as "H.R. 10," concerns both immigration and national security. H.R. 10 is... Read More
After 30-something years of mass immigration, legal and illegal, the immigration issue finally tiptoed into the national political discussion in the third and final presidential debate this month, with moderator Bob Schieffer acknowledging that he had received more e-mail about that issue than any other. Neither candidate, of course, had anything serious, intelligent or even... Read More
So who says Islamic fanatics don't celebrate Christmas? This week our friends in Al Qaeda sent Americans a little present in the form of a massive murderous attack on the U.S. consulate in Jidda that, after three hours of vicious gun play, left nine people dead. Happy Holidays. Readers should excuse my cynicism about the... Read More
Last summer a flurry of press reports disclosed the FBI's investigation of a man named Larry Franklin who works in the Defense Department under neo-conservative policy chief Douglas Feith. The supposed reason for the investigation was espionage for Israel. The neo-con buddies of Mr. Feith and Israel sounded off about the anti-Semitism that was obviously... Read More
Sam Francis
About Sam Francis

Dr. Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005) was a leading paleoconservative columnist and intellectual theorist, serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan and as an editorial writer, columnist, and editor at The Washington Times. He received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990, while being a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation those same years. His undergraduate education was at Johns Hopkins and he later earned his Ph.D. in modern history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His books include The Soviet Strategy of Terror(1981, rev.1985), Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984); Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1993); Revolution from the Middle: Essays and Articles from Chronicles, 1989–1996 (1997); and Thinkers of Our Time: James Burnham (1999). His published articles or reviews appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The New American, The Occidental Quarterly, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, of which he was political editor and for which he wrote a monthly column, “Principalities and Powers.”