As many readers of this blog know, I have a dirty not so secret.
In 1992, when President George H. W. Bush was running for reelection, I was a frustrated true believer that felt betrayed by the president and his capitulation to the Democrat-controlled congress in then the largest tax hike in American history.
Pat Buchanan was running against President Bush for the Republican presidential nomination. Although President Bush was already assured the Republican nomination, when the California primary came in June, I cast my protest vote for Mr. Buchanan. I have grown to regret that vote more and more every day. I fear it diluted the party, much worse than the reaction to Sen. John "F--- You" McCain. And it led to the four years of William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.
Now, Mr. Buchanan has written a book, "Churchill, Hitler And The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire And The West Lost The World." and one of the central assertions is that the United States not only should not have been involved in World War II, but among other assertions one being that sanctions against Fascist Italy drove it to ally with the German ruler, Adolf Hitler. I believe that was the argument the Fidel Castro by his apologists. That the United States pressured the British to drop its alliance with Japan before World War II. The most odious is that Mr. Buchanan saves all his venom against British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Because it was Mr. Churchill who warned that then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's concessions to Hitler regarding the Sudetenland was a precursor to the beginning of World War II. Oh, but really, Mr. Buchanan does not like the fact that Mr. Churchill had no problem in seeing the creation of the State of Israel.
Now I have suspected that Mr. Buchanan has a very strong anti-Jewish attitude about him. It is not just his knee-jerk anti-Israel positions. One can be opposed to Israeli government policies and not be anti-Jewish. But after all it was Mr. Buchanan who had blistering comments about so-called neoconservatives, code for Jewish conservatives, and their "Amen corner" in regards to the American Israel Political Action Committee, AIPAC.
This book, while it may have some nuggets of fact, is his attempt to smear Jews, pure and simple.
I do not know if Mr. Buchanan, a practicing Roman Catholic, has been hanging around actor Mel Gibson or not. Mr. Gibson is the one while being arrested for drunk driving in Malibu, California went into a drunken, anti-Jewish tirade. But the book is a cleverer way of addressing the "Jewish problem" from an intellectual standpoint. After all, that is the thrust of the book. Somehow, only Pat Buchanan can find a way to make Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini and the Imperial Japanese seem to be victims rather than antagonists. History shows that the Axis powers were antagonists. They would have split the world in three parts if they did not split each other up first. That is just a fact.
I will concede that both Mr. Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt were way too accommodating to the brutal Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin. By splitting Europe, I think that the infamous speech in which Mr. Churchill referred to Eastern Europe as the other side of an Iron Curtain was as much a concession as a reality. Sometimes, wars do lead to bad alliances and different outcomes than the planners would have imagined.
But, in rewriting history to, once again in Buchananland, blame the Jews for World War II, and probably World War I, Mr. Buchanan has finally gone over the shark. He is not too far from being a holocaust denier. Harsh, but accurate words at this point.