The eponymous founder of Buchananism, not for the first time, extols the virtues of Vladimir Putin.
Is Putin the ‘Preeminent Statesman’ of Our Times?
That is a question it would certainly never have occurred to me to ask, I assure you.
Buchanan's treasonable admiration for the Russian thug and all he stands for is revolting.
And his depiction of Putin's strategic attack on the West - undermining NATO, the EU, and American leadership in Europe - as a defense of traditional Western civilization, of which he asserts both blood-and-soil nationalism and clericalist suffocation of culture under Christian sexual morality to be essential features and key values, is a repulsive smokescreen he does not even realize is a smokescreen.
Or does not care; one or the other, they are equally bad.
Make no mistake.
Buchanan is not merely reporting.
He is blatantly cheering.
Putin has read the new century better than his rivals.
While the 20th century saw the world divided between a communist East and a free and democratic West, new and different struggles define the 21st.
The new dividing lines are between social conservatism and self-indulgent secularism, between tribalism and transnationalism, between the nation-state and the New World Order.
On the new dividing lines, Putin is on the side of the insurgents.