I like Buchanan, and it’s important that someone is sounding the alarm about the neocon desire to start even more wars.
But Buchanan is also the author of “Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War”. In that book Buchanan argues that France and Britain should not have declared war with Germany over Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
France and Britain should have let Hitler run free in Eastern Europe, Buchanan says. Keep Western Europe neutral and safe. Let Hitler destroy the East if he so wishes. No chance that Hitler later on would have turned west.
Hitler was not another Kaiser Wilhelm! Hitler, like Napoleon, wanted everything. Everything. Buchanan’s analysis of Hitler’s goals is so wrong it almost boggles the mind. And calls into question everything hebelieves.
I admit I have avoided that particular book. But there may be a point that had Chamberlain not guaranteed the whole of Eastern Europe in 1939 and maintained an aloofness in the East, Stalin would have been forced to fight in the anti-Hitler coalition two years earlier which would have been much to the benefit of all.