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  • The left’s disdain for ordinary Americans has deep historical roots.

    04/13/2014 1:28:55 PM PDT · by NYAmerican · 16 replies
    http://victorhanson.com/ ^ | 4/10/2014 | Bruce S. Thornton
    "The liberal disdain for ordinary Americans has been around for a long time. Beneath the populist rhetoric and concern for the middle class that lace the campaign speeches of most liberal politicians, there lurks a palpable disgust, and often contempt, for the denizens of “flyover country,” that land of God, guns, religion, and traditional beliefs."
  • The New Inquisition

    04/10/2014 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What if you believed that the planet might not have warmed up the last two decades, even though carbon emissions reached all-time highs? Or, if the earth did heat up, you thought that it was not caused by human activity? Or, if global warming were the fault of mankind, you trusted that the slight increases would not make all that much difference? The Los Angeles Times would not print your letter to the editor to that effect. The CEO of Apple Inc. might advise that you should "get out of this stock." Or maybe if you were a skeptical climatologist,...
  • One California for Me, Another for Thee

    04/03/2014 12:47:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No place on the planet is as beautiful and as naturally rich as California. And few places have become as absurd. Currently, three California state senators are either under felony indictment or already have been convicted. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) made a political career out of demanding harsher state gun-control laws. Now he is facing several felony charges for attempting to facilitate gun-running. One count alleges that Lee sought to provide banned heavy automatic weapons to Philippines-based Islamic terrorist groups. State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), who had succeeded one brother, Thomas, in the state Assembly and was succeeded...
  • Massaging of Critical Data Undermines Our Society

    03/27/2014 4:41:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust -- not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics -- doomed civilizations of the past, from imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union. The United States can withstand the untruth of a particular presidential administration if the permanent government itself is honest. Dwight Eisenhower lied about the downed U-2 spy plane inside the Soviet Union. Almost nothing Richard Nixon said about Watergate was true. Intelligence reports of vast stockpiles of WMD in Iraq proved as...
  • Loud + Weak = War (Victor Davis Hanson)

    03/25/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    China and Russia are no more impressed with empty bluster today than Japan was in 1941. The Roosevelt administration once talked loudly of pivoting to Asia to thwart a rising Japan. As a token of its seriousness, in May 1940 it moved the home port of the Seventh Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor — but without beefing up the fleet’s strength... --snip-- Being weak is sometimes dangerous. Being loud, self-righteous, and weak is always very dangerous indeed.
  • Of Pre- and Postmodern Poseurs [Zero and Putin]

    03/25/2014 8:27:02 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2014 | Victor David Hanson
    [SNIP]...Putin, as the entire administration keeps reminding us, is premodern. He should be, but is not, shamed when John Kerry, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, and Barack Obama variously proclaim that he is a 19th century dinosaur, or has lost the good will of the enlightened West. Again, we are told Putin worries about this; but I think he is about as concerned as were Norsemen like Eric Bloodaxe, who lost all the respect of the monks along the English coast that he so freely raided. While Putin was making a premodern fool out of himself, blustering and bullying, and lying...
  • The Hitler Model [Victor Davis Hanson]

    03/20/2014 3:34:27 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 113 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | March 18, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Why do weak nations like Russia provoke stronger ones like the United States? An ascendant Vladimir Putin is dismantling the Ukraine and absorbing its eastern territory in the Crimea. President Obama is fighting back against critics that his administration serially projected weakness, and thereby lost the ability to deter rogue regimes. Obama, of course, rejects the notion that his own mixed signals have emboldened Putin to try something stupid that he might otherwise not have. After all, in terms of planes, ships, soldiers, nuclear strength, and economic clout, Putin must concede that he has only a fraction of the...
  • Is Obama Walking the Trail Blazed by Nixon?

    03/13/2014 11:15:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What would a president do if he were furious over criticism, or felt that his noble aims justified most means of attaining them? Answer that by comparing the behavior of Richard Nixon to that of an increasingly similar Barack Obama. Nixon tried to use the Internal Revenue Service to go after his political enemies -- although his IRS chiefs at least refused his orders to focus on liberals. Nixon ignored settled law and picked and chose which statutes he would enforce -- from denying funds for the Clean Water Act to ignoring congressional subpoenas. Nixon attacked TV networks and got...
  • Obama’s Pseudo-Scientism: Too hot? Too cold? Regardless, it must be global warming. (VDH)

    03/05/2014 12:06:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 4, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama came to California. He saw a drought. He announced the cause to be global warming and left. How accurate was the president’s diagnosis of harmful, man-made climate change in stopping rain and snow? First, a bit of a reminder about what the president has called “settled science.” Until 1982 “settled science” decreed that stomach ulcers were a result of bad diet, too much gastric acid, or undue stress. Then Australian scientists Barry Marshall and Robin Warren shocked the medical community with an unlikely thesis: The real culprit for peptic ulcers more often was infection by the Gram-negative bacterium...
  • The Value of Putin [VDH]

    02/11/2014 10:19:14 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Putin ends up existing to warn us in the West of what we are not. Vladimir Putin has the world’s attention this week. The circumstances will remind everyone that reset with Russia is dead. Its working hypothesis — that it was the George W. Bush administration, not the Putin regime, that had either inadvertently or provocatively offended the other’s sensibilities — was invented before the 2008 election on Obama’s partisan and political considerations, not empirical observation. Under reset, the incoming Obama administration, more nuanced than the outgoing Bush administration and drawing on more enlightened thinking, would appeal to the better...
  • Victor Davis Hanson on our 'path to Armageddon'

    02/09/2014 4:20:57 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 34 replies
    Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently gave one of the finest and most memorable presentations on the subject of immigration. America could be on "a path to Armageddon," given the blend of relativism, racial preferences, and nullified immigration laws, warned Hanson in an interview with Mark Levin, [link opens in pop-up, interview begins at 51:00]. Hanson is a military historian who taught the classics and is now a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Winner of the prestigious National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008), his writing is generally seen as well reasoned and insightful. Hanson offered a blistering...
  • A Beat-up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment

    02/03/2014 4:57:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-2-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On almost every contemporary issue there is a populist, middle-class argument to be made against elite liberalism. Yet the Republican class in charge seems ossified in its inability to make a counter-argument for the middle class. Never has the liberal agenda been so vulnerable, a logical development when bad ideas have had five years to prove themselves as very bad ideas. When Obama is all done he will have taken high presidential popularity ratings, a supermajority in the Senate, and a large margin in the House and lost them all — if only the Republicans can make an adequate case...
  • The Poison of Postmodern Lying

    01/30/2014 5:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    All presidents at one time have fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their resumes and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore -- a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture. Postmodernism (the cultural fad "after modernism") went well beyond questioning norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like "truth" were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire society...
  • The Last Generation of The West and the Thin Strand of Civilization. ... VDH

    01/20/2014 1:16:57 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 19 Jan 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Had the Greeks lost at Salamis, Western civilization might easily have been strangled in its adolescence. Had Hitler not invaded the Soviet Union, the European democracies would have probably remained overwhelmed. And had the Japanese just sidestepped the Philippines and Pearl Harbor, as they gobbled up the orphaned Pacific colonies of a defunct Western Europe, the Pacific World as we know it now might be a far different, far darker place. I am not engaging in pop counterfactual history, as much as reminding us of how thin the thread of civilization sometimes hangs, both in its beginning and full maturity....
  • The Idol of Equality

    01/14/2014 6:43:49 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/14/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    To put equality ahead of liberty is to war against human nature. “There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” —Alexis de TocquevilleIn his famous admonition about the tyranny of the majority, Tocqueville went...
  • Victor Davis Hanson commentary: China behaving as Japan did in 1930s

    01/09/2014 8:12:34 PM PST · by traumer · 40 replies
    In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might — after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization — into formidable military power. At first, few of its possible rivals seemed to care. America and European colonials did not quite believe that any Asian power could ever dare to threaten their own Pacific interests. Japan had been a British ally and a partner of the democracies in World War I. Most of its engineering talent was trained in Britain and France. The West even declared Japan to be one of the “Big Five” world economic...
  • The Outlaw Campus: Universities have become a rogue institution in need of root-and-branch reform.

    01/07/2014 7:18:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Two factors have so far shielded the American university from the sort of criticism that it so freely levels against almost every other institution in American life. (1) For decades a college education has been considered the key to an ascendant middle-class existence. (2) Until recently a college degree was not tantamount to lifelong debt. In other words, American society put up with a lot of arcane things from academia, given that it offered something — a BA or BS degree — that almost everyone agreed was a ticket to personal security and an educated populace.</p>
  • Intelligent Populism vs. Mindless Progressivism

    01/07/2014 4:49:17 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-6-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    New Deal Liberals Transform into the Faux Populist Radical LeftWith elections looming in 2014, it is about time for Barack Obama to gear up another progressive “war” against the rich, the limb loppers, the fat cats, the tonsil pullers, the “enemies” of Latinos, the jet junketers, the women haters, and those who knew neither when to stop profiting nor how the government had really built their businesses. We shall shortly witness some of the wealthiest and most privileged of capitalist America decrying inequality and unfairness from the 18th hole in Hawaii, the Malibu gated estate, and the Beacon Hill mansion....
  • The Year of the Dud

    01/02/2014 6:46:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not. We were supposed to have long ago reached "peak oil" and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power -- and a reduced lifestyle -- were our dismal future. But someone or something did not cooperate with gloomy government predictions. After all the failed subsidized green companies, the postponement of the Keystone Pipeline, the radical restrictions of new gas and oil leasing on federal lands, and the promises for radical climate-change legislation curtailing carbon energy use, the United States nevertheless seems awash in old energy. Gas prices...
  • Crashing and Burning in 2013

    12/30/2013 2:29:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 12-29-13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why? In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years? But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.” ~snip~ Why so? Few care to speculate anymore other than the obvious that his cursus honorum was...
  • 2017 and the End of Ethics

    12/24/2013 8:36:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? Will it say that he was shredding the Constitution, or that he found the terror threat too great to honor past promises? Will NPR run an exposé on our next president should she tap into Angela Merkel’s cell phone, or monitor the communications of Associated Press reporters — and their parents? Will investigative...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Pajama Boy Nation

    12/23/2013 11:57:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 22, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Will Kane of High Noon Pajama Boy wasn’t. Somehow we as a nation went from the iconic Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy — from the noble individual with a bad habit to the ignoble without a good habit — without a blink in between.</p>
  • Medieval Liberals

    10/08/2013 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment.
  • How Presidents Lie (VDH)

    12/10/2013 6:38:09 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/10/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What is different about Obama? Rarely, when caught, do presidents simply lie about their original dissimulation. Barack Obama, in contrast, when asked about his faux red line in Syria, simply denied ever issuing it (“I didn’t set a red line”). Unlike presidents who paid high prices rather quickly for their dissimulations, Obama kept getting away with serial deception. The result was similar to a reckless bluffer at the poker table who keeps upping the ante each time he wins with a bad hand — only to lose his enormous pile of bluffed winnings when finally called out. Obama was empowered...
  • America's Coastal Royalty

    11/28/2013 6:40:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America's big decisions are made. They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art and fashion we should consume; and whether our money and investments are worth anything. The Pacific corridor is just as influential, but in a hipper, cooler fashion. Whether America suffers through another zombie film or one more Lady Gaga...
  • America’s Coastal Royalty: The real national divide isn’t between red and blue states.

    11/28/2013 11:38:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America’s big decisions are made.</p> <p>They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York, and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art, and fashion we should consume; and whether our money and investments are worth anything.</p>
  • The War on Human Nature - pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous

    11/26/2013 2:05:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | November 26, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    At some critical point, everyone makes choices based on incentives and his own perception of self-interest. Somehow the Obama administration has forgotten that natural law. A therapeutic sense of self-sacrifice is fine in the abstract, but in the concrete such magnanimity causes far more harm to the innocent than does a realistic appraisal of self-interest and a tragic acceptance of the flawed nature of man. The theme of the present administration is that it possesses the wisdom and resources to know better what people should do than they do themselves. From that premise arose most of catastrophes that have befallen...
  • A Culture in Ruins

    11/25/2013 5:08:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-24-13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Lady Gaga reportedly spent $25 million on pop art to jazz up her new and apparently underwhelming album. In contrast, Miley Cyrus’ sexual twerking at the MTV video awards earned her more millions by exposing her rather unimpressive anatomy. Both make the once vulgar Madonna seem like June Cleaver, but at least raise an existential question: ~snip~ Meanwhile hip-hop artist Kanye West is promoting his own new music video. He seems to be having sex with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian while riding a motorcycle. If you did not know that Kanye West was the singer of the background music, by...
  • Obamacare-Speak Fails to Mask an Evolving Fiasco

    11/21/2013 4:29:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama administration once gave us "man-caused disasters" for acts of terrorism and "workplace violence" for the Fort Hood shootings. Now it has trumped those past linguistic contortions by changing words to mask the Obamacare disaster. The president and his advisors apparently knew long ago that millions of the insured would face cancellations or premium hikes once Obamacare would be fully implemented. Yet to get the 906-page bill passed, they had to convince the public of the very opposite scenario. So they repeated ironclad guarantees that no one would lose their coverage or doctors -- "period!" Now the administration explains...
  • The World of the Coliseum

    11/18/2013 11:06:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 17, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I woke up one morning not long ago, and noticed that the world that I was born into no longer exists. It was as if I had once lived in Republican Italy, took a nap, and awoke to the Roman Empire, AD 200. LatifundiaLet me explain. All the farms in these environs that I grew up with — 40-80 acres with a farmhouse and family — have simply vanished. Where did they go? I suppose when I meet someone with 5,000 acres that I am supposed to think that spread represents the old, and now recombined, 100 50-acre farms under...
  • America Jumps Off The Tiger's Back

    11/14/2013 4:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States has ridden -- and tamed -- the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous, to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again. The crowning achievement of postwar American policy was the defeat of Soviet communism. After the fall of the Berlin...
  • America’s Wilderness Years

    11/12/2013 5:37:56 PM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11/12/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Most two-term presidents leave some sort of legacy. Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. George W. Bush prevented another 9/11, and constructed an anti-terrorism protocol that even his critical successor embraced and often expanded. Even our one-term presidents have achieved something. JFK got Soviet missiles out of Cuba. LBJ oversaw passage of civil rights legislation. Jerry Ford restored integrity to the White House. Jimmy Carter finally issued the Carter Doctrine to stop Soviet expansionism at the Persian Gulf. George H.W. Bush won the first Persian Gulf War and got Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. And even our impeached or abdicated...
  • Hillary's Odyssey [VDH]

    11/05/2013 11:19:47 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/4/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hillary Clinton(s) ... current frenetic speaking career is consistent with the ethics that allowed Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, to freelance as a six-figure private “consultant” while simultaneously working as Hillary’s aide ... (snip)Hillary voted for the Iraq War. In October 2002, she gave a fine speech explaining why we had to remove Saddam Hussein — fulfilling the pledge of Bill’s Iraq Liberation Act and his incomplete 1998 Desert Fox bombing — only to become a fierce critic of her 2002 position when the polls went south on the war and she started eyeing the presidency. The complete pullout from...
  • Is Obama Still President?

    10/30/2013 1:29:12 PM PDT · by Signalman · 20 replies
    NRO, hanson ^ | 10/29/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>We are currently learning whether the United States really needs a president. Barack Obama has become a mere figurehead, who gives speeches few listen to any more, issues threats that scare fewer, and makes promises that almost no one believes he will keep. Yet America continues on, despite the fact that the foreign and domestic policies of Barack Obama are unraveling, in a manner unusual even for star-crossed presidential second terms.</p>
  • Obamacare Redefines the Shutdown (suddenly Obamacare isn't settled law)

    10/24/2013 11:42:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    national review ^ | 10/24/13 | Victor Davd Hansen
    <p>Democratic senators up for reelection in 13 months are now embracing, in their calls to delay Obamacare, the same themes as did the House Republicans and a few senators a few weeks ago—hoping to preempt mounting criticism. In this surreal landscape, three weeks ago Obamacare was unquestioned “settled” law (despite the fact that the president himself unsettled the law by suspending the employer mandate) that only dead-ender “anarchists” and “hostage takers” wished to stop or amend.</p>
  • The Failure of American Leadership

    10/16/2013 2:14:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Defiing Ideas ^ | October 15, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The standard critique of President Obama’s foreign policy is now generally well-known—mercurial, paradoxical, and passive. “Leading from behind” seems at odds with the traditional American commitment to ensure—preferably with allies or, if need be, alone—the continuance of the postwar global system of sovereign borders, free trade, safe commerce, and open communications. Many of Obama’s recent foreign policy initiatives have resulted in a diminished United States and they have found little success. The reset with Russia earned us a strange sort of contempt from Vladimir Putin. Moscow almost gratuitously thwarts the U.S., gloating that we offer loud self-righteous sermons to others...
  • Medieval Liberals

    10/08/2013 6:14:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | OCTOBER 8, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment. Among elite liberals today, all too few are of this classical mold — guided by...
  • 'Game Changers'

    10/03/2013 2:47:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When -- not if -- is the only mystery about an Iranian nuclear bomb. All the warning signs are there. 'Game changers' In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama on two occasions went out of his way to warn the Iranians that the development of a nuclear weapon "would be a game-changing situation, not just in the Middle East, but around the world." Obama later added, "It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon; it would be a game changer."
  • Obama: Transforming America -- From energy to foreign policy to the presidency itself

    10/01/2013 6:53:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>There certainly is no question that Barack Obama wants to change the United States. And there clearly is no doubt that such fundamental transformation is difficult, given our tripartite system of government — even though Obama entered office with large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, an enthralled media, and a closely divided Supreme Court.</p>
  • Putin — Saruman Come Alive [Victor Davis Hanson]

    09/13/2013 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 52 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 12, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    [] He the egoist sparingly uses “I”; our president the supposed consensus builder does so promiscuously. He reminded us of the demonstrably true fact that there are Islamists in the Syrian opposition and of the probably false fact that the Assad government is not using WMD. In general, Putin has conveyed a tougher military stance that has the president of the far more powerful U.S., a more humanitarian image than our smart- and soft-power leadership (do we still remember Hillary’s public chortle over Qaddafi — “We came, we saw, he died”?), and a more internationalist pose than our Nobel-laureate internationalist....
  • One California -- Or Two?

    09/12/2013 3:05:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Are the recent raves about a new California renaissance true? Rolling Stone magazine just gushed that California Gov. Jerry Brown has brought the state back from the brink of "double-digit unemployment, a $26 billion deficit and an accumulated 'wall of debt' topping $35 billion." Unfortunately, California still faces existential crises. The unemployment rate just went back up in July to 8.7 percent. That is significantly higher than the current national average of 7.3 percent. Such a high rate of joblessness is a bad omen when the Democratic-controlled state legislature is pushing for the mandatory minimum wage to reach $9.25 in...
  • Obama's Farce [VDH]

    09/10/2013 10:47:52 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/10/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    He sold his plan for bombing Syria on flawed political assumptions. To support the president’s enforcement of his red line in Syria requires suspensions of disbelief. Here are several. I wish it were not true, but there is scant evidence that the world, led by the U.S., went to war in the past over the use of weapons of mass destruction — whether by Gamel Nasser in Yemen or by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds and the Iranians. Understandably, the current West’s reaction, including Obama’s, to possible Syrian WMD use is calibrated mostly on the dangers of intervention, not the...
  • If It Wasn’t Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else

    09/07/2013 6:11:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    The Corner -- National Review ^ | 9-6-13 | Vicyor Davis Hansen
    It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance...
  • What Is the Point of a Syrian Intervention? (Victor Davis Hanson)

    08/31/2013 10:39:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 30, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>If our attitude is that Obama screwed up, but that now the least-screwed-up remedy is to attack Syria, then we are indeed in bad shape.</p> <p>Of the bad and worse alternatives, the worse is attacking without specifying our aims, means, and desired results. Yet to do so would convince Obama to drop the idea.</p>
  • An American Satyricon [VDH]

    08/27/2013 6:49:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/27/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our elites would be right at home in Petronius’s world of debauchery and bored melodrama. Sometime in the mid-first century a.d., an otherwise little known consular official, Gaius Petronius, wrote a brilliant satirical novel about the gross and pretentious new Roman-imperial elite. The Satyricon is an often-cruel parody about how the Roman agrarian republic of old had degenerated into a wealth-obsessed, empty society of wannabe new elites, flush with money, and both obsessed with and bored with sex. Most of the Satyricon is lost. But in its longest surviving chapter — “Dinner with Trimalchio” — Petronius might as well have...
  • Two Americas [VDH - NOT JRE]

    08/22/2013 6:37:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/22/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Two quite different 21st-century Americas are emerging. The nation is not so much divided by "wars" between the rich and poor, men and women, or white and non-white. Instead, there is the world of reality versus that of triviality. In the vast plains of the Dakotas and the American West, thousands of men and women of all classes and colors are fracking oil and gas to create new energy for millions of homeowners and commuters -- while giving America a second chance at strategic energy independence. Yet the beneficiaries mostly ignore these elemental efforts. They instead prefer to fixate on...
  • The Middle East: All Bad Choices [VDH]

    08/20/2013 4:59:30 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/20/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From Libya to Iran, our past actions have drastically limited our current choices. Survey the Middle East, and there is nothing about which to be optimistic. Iran is either fueling violence in Syria or racing toward a bomb, or both. Syria is past imploding. Take your pick in a now-Manichean standoff between an authoritarian, thuggish Bashar Assad and al-Qaeda franchises that envision a Taliban-like state. There is increasingly not much in between, other than the chaos of something like another Sudan. Our Libyan “leading from behind” led to Mogadishu-like chaos and Benghazi. Do we even remember the moral urgency of...
  • Elite Ignorance

    08/17/2013 9:07:40 AM PDT · by Baumer · 6 replies
    www.realclearpolitics.com/ ^ | August 16, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In Sam Cooke's classic 1959 hit "Wonderful World," the lyrics downplayed formal learning with lines like, "Don't know much about history ... Don't know much about geography." Over a half-century after Cooke wrote that lighthearted song, such ignorance is now all too real. Even our best and brightest -- or rather our elites especially -- are not too familiar with history or geography. Both disciplines are the building blocks of learning. Without awareness of natural and human geography, we are reduced to a sort of self-contained void without accurate awareness of the space around us. An ignorance of history also...
  • Don't Know Much About Geography

    08/15/2013 7:41:03 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/15/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Over a half-century after Cooke wrote that lighthearted song, such ignorance is now all too real. Even our best and brightest -- or rather our elites especially -- are not too familiar with history or geography. Both disciplines are the building blocks of learning. Without awareness of natural and human geography, we are reduced to a sort of self-contained void without accurate awareness of the space around us. An ignorance of history also creates the same sort of self-imposed exile, leaving us ignorant of both what came before us and what is likely to follow. In the case of geography,...
  • Don’t Know Much About Geography [VDH]

    08/15/2013 8:14:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/15/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Today’s leaders are totally ignorant of what used to be the building blocks of learning. In Sam Cooke’s classic 1959 hit “Wonderful World,” the lyrics downplayed formal learning with lines like, “Don’t know much about history . . . Don’t know much about geography.” Over a half-century after Cooke wrote that lighthearted song, such ignorance is now all too real. Even our best and brightest — or rather our elites especially — are not too familiar with history or geography. Both disciplines are the building blocks of learning. Without awareness of natural and human geography, we are reduced to a...