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  • Trump Seeks Middle Ground in Foreign-policy Balancing Act

    04/19/2018 5:55:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Was the latest round of airstrikes in Syria a one-time hit to restore deterrence and stop the future use of chemical weapons, or was it part of a slippery slope of more interventions in the Middle East? President Donald Trump was elected in part because he promised an end to optional wars, such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the Libyan misadventure. But Trump also guaranteed an end to perceived Obama-era appeasement. Trump said he would no longer put up with false red lines in Syria, or complacence about North Korea's new generation of nuclear missiles....
  • Mueller at the Crossroads

    04/12/2018 4:16:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017 in reaction to a media still gripped by near hysteria over the inexplicable defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. For nearly a year before Mueller's appointment, leaks had spread about collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign that supposedly cost Clinton a sure victory. Most of these collusion stories, as we now know, originated with Christopher Steele and his now-discredited anti-Trump opposition file. After almost a year, Mueller has offered no evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians. Aside from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a...
  • Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots

    04/04/2018 9:15:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The proverbial knot of Gordium was impossible to untie. Anyone clever enough to untie it would supposedly become the king of Asia. Many princes tried; all failed.</p> <p>When Alexander the Great arrived, he was challenged to unravel the impossible knot. Instead, he pulled out his sword and cut through it. Problem solved.</p>
  • The Distortions of Our Unelected Officials

    03/29/2018 12:08:08 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 29 March 2018 | Victor kDavis Hanson
    <p>On March 17, ex-CIA Director John Brennan tweeted about the current president of the United States: "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. ... America will triumph over you."</p>
  • The Great Victor Davis Hanson Takes On World War II

    03/20/2018 8:38:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | Marech 20, 2018 | John Dale Dunn
    Victor Davis Hanson is a conservative icon, well known and respected; a prolific author of twenty-plus books and current occupant of a chair of historical, military, and agrarian classical studies; a Ph.D. from Stanford; and the founder of classical studies at University of California at Fresno. ;Now he occupies a chair at the Hoover Foundation of Stanford University. I first came to know him reading The Western Way of War (1989), which explained the reason for the lethality and effectiveness of Western armies throughout history. ;This past year, he wrote one of his best books: The Second World Wars: How...
  • Lessons From Germany's 'Spring Offensive' 100 Years Later

    One hundred years ago this month, all hell broke loose in France. On March 21, 1918, the German army on the Western Front unleashed a series of massive attacks on the exhausted British and French armies. German General Erich Ludendorff thought he could win World War I with one final blow. He planned to punch holes between the French and British armies. Then he would drive through their trenches to the English Channel, isolating and destroying the British army. The Germans thought they had no choice but to gamble. The British naval blockade of Germany after three years had reduced...
  • Lessons From Germany's 'Spring Offensive' 100 Years Later

    03/14/2018 9:14:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One hundred years ago this month, all hell broke loose in France. On March 21, 1918, the German army on the Western Front unleashed a series of massive attacks on the exhausted British and French armies. German General Erich Ludendorff thought he could win World War I with one final blow. He planned to punch holes between the French and British armies. Then he would drive through their trenches to the English Channel, isolating and destroying the British army. The Germans thought they had no choice but to gamble. The British naval blockade of Germany after three years had reduced...
  • Victor D. Hanson - What do the Never Trumpers want of Trump supporters 2018 ?

    03/10/2018 9:57:57 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 15 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 03/10/2018 | John Batchelor/Victor Davis Hanson
    From a John Batchelor show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xg-tAjnYbk
  • The Rapid 'Progress' of Progressivism

    03/08/2018 5:23:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Not long ago I waited for a flight to board. The plane took off 45 minutes late. There were only two attendants to accommodate 11 passengers who had requested wheelchair assistance. Such growing efforts to ensure that the physically challenged can easily fly are certainly welcome. But when our plane landed -- late and in danger of causing many passengers to miss their connecting flights -- most of the 11 wheelchair-bound passengers left their seats unassisted and hurried out. It was almost as if newfound concerns about making connections had somehow improved their health during the flight. Two passengers had...
  • The Real Russian Disaster

    02/27/2018 8:25:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/27/2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump has said a lot of silly stuff about Russia, from joking about Vladimir Putin helping to find Hillary’s deleted emails, to naïve musings about the extent of Russian interference into Western democratic elections. But far more important than what he has said is what Trump has done. That same caveat applies to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.Start with two givens: Vladimir Putin is neither stupid nor content to watch an aging, shrinking, corrupt, and dysfunctional — but still large and nuclear — Russia recede to second- or third-power status. From 2009 to 2015, in one of the most...
  • The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation

    02/22/2018 7:06:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin's Russia is zero. Some of the Russians' Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders). Yet Mueller's team made it clear that the Russians neither colluded with any U.S. citizens nor had any material effect on the election's outcome. But from here on out, there will be ironies, paradoxes and unintended consequences with just about everything Mueller does. Is it now time...
  • Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking - And So What? (Presently Being Covered By Rush)

    02/13/2018 10:45:36 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-13-2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What is the endgame to never-ending wrong doing?(snip)Click on the link to read the article.This is presently being covered by Rush on his radio program.
  • Republican Embarrassments

    02/12/2018 12:46:52 PM PST · by MountainWalker · 2 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 2/11/2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Free-marketers are right that tax cuts stimulate economic growth that in turn lead to expanding production and eventually more federal tax revenue. But the problem traditionally has been that to obtain tax reductions, Republicans also have had to sign on reluctantly to larger expenditures. Or, worse, they willingly believed they could spend more, simply because more money poured into the federal treasuries. George W. Bush doubled the national debt. After running against Bush profligacy (remember the Chinese credit card trope), Barack Obama doubled it again by doubling Bushs levels of borrowing. Conservatives blasted Obama for his even greater lack of...
  • Why FISA-gate Is Scarier Than Watergate

    02/08/2018 6:39:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration's attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in. In the Iran-Contra affair of 1985-87, the media and liberal activists uncovered wrongdoing by some rogue members of the Reagan government. They warned of government overreach and of using the "Deep State" to subvert the law for political purposes. We are now in the midst of a third great modern scandal. Members of...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Why FISA-gate Is Scarier Than Watergate

    02/08/2018 4:53:38 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 29 replies
    RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    *snip* How does FISA-gate compare to Watergate and Iran-Contra? Once again, an administration is being accused of politicizing government agencies to further agendas, this time apparently to gain an advantage for Hillary Clinton in the run-up to an election. *snip* This time around, the press is not after a hated Nixon administration. Civil libertarians are not demanding accountability from a conservative Reagan team. Instead, the roles are reversed. Barack Obama was a progressive constitutional lawyer who expressed distrust of the secretive "Deep State." Yet his administration weaponized the IRS and surveilled Associated Press communications and a Fox News journalist for...
  • The FISA-Gate Boomerangs

    02/06/2018 9:44:33 AM PST · by bitt · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/6/2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Many questions remain, but Democrats, including Obama, are probably not going to look good when we get the answers. Some things still do not add up about the so-called Steele dossier, FISA warrants, the Nunes memo, and the hysterical Democratic reaction to it. A Big Deal or a Nothing Deal? 1) Progressives and Democrats warned on the eve of the memos release that it would cause havoc throughout the intelligence agencies, by exposing classified means and processes. When no serious intelligence expert claimed that the released memo had done such damage, the official response to the memo was suddenly recalibrated...
  • The FISA-Gate Boomerangs

    02/06/2018 9:18:07 AM PST · by RevelationDavid · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | February 6, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Many questions remain, but Democrats, including Obama, are probably not going to look good when we get the answers.
  • Radioactive Trump

    02/02/2018 8:14:23 AM PST · by billorites · 14 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | February 1, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hillary Clinton seems to be experiencing a strange, slow motion meltdown following her 2016 loss to Donald Trump. Recently, she sent out a Twitter video message, recorded on her cellphone camera, with advice to feminists: And let me just say, this is directed to the activist bitches supporting bitches. So lets go. At about the same time, she appeared at the Grammy Awards, via a video, reading a snippet about Trumps fast-food eating habits from Michael Wolffs widely discredited book, Fire and Fury. Before Clinton ran against Trump, she was considered a cautious Democratic politician, albeit with a dubious ethical...
  • Nolte: Hillarys Sure Victory Also Explains Media Lies About Obamas Trump Surveillance

    01/31/2018 2:38:11 PM PST · by davikkm · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN NOLTE
    Victor Davis Hanson, one of the few remaining bright spots at the increasingly priggish and self-regarding National Review, has written another dynamite piece, one that perfectly explains the unethical (and possibly criminal) behavior currently being uncovered within the Obama administration, the 2016 Clinton campaign, the FBI, and Justice Department. [I]f wed seen a Hillary Clinton victory in November 2016, which was supposed to be a sure thing, there would now be no scandals at all, Hanson writes. He explains, That is, the current players probably broke laws and committed ethical violations not just because they were assured there would be...
  • MSNBC Terrorism 'Expert': I Know the FBI Spy Catchers Who Took Down Victor Davis Hanson

    11/05/2016 11:30:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Victor Davis Hanson: Russian spy? Who would have suspected that one of America's leading conservative intellectuals, a prominent historian who is currently a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, was selling us out to the Russkies? Actually, no one would suspect it because it isn't true. But on today's AM Joy, MSNBC terrorism expert Malcolm Nance bragged: "I know some of the spy-catchers in FBI counter-intelligence, guys who have taken down big names, like Aldrich Ames and Victor Davis Hanson." Nance presumably had in mind Robert Philip Hanssen, a former FBI agent who was convicted in 2001 of spying for...