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  • Few Interests, Fewer Friends in Middle East

    09/11/2014 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East. In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For a few weeks he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama's red lines turned pink, we forgot about Syria. Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes and mass murders...
  • World at War ... VDH

    09/10/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 28 replies
    Hoover Institute ^ | 9 Sep 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will the United States in its near future be hit again in the manner of the 9/11 attacks of thirteen years ago? The destruction of the World Trade Center, the suicide implosions of four passenger airliners, and the attack on the Pentagon unfortunately have become far-off memories. They are now more distant from us than was the Vietnam War was from the Korean War. Two questions will determine whether radical Islamic terrorists will attack us once more: one, are the post-9/11 anti-terrorism protocols that have so far stopped major terrorist attacks still viable and effective, and, two, is Al-Qaeda or...
  • Obama’s Untruth, Inc.

    09/09/2014 1:44:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/9/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We can usefully view the Obama administration’s chronic untruthfulness as a sort of multifaceted corporation of untruth, with all sorts of subsidiaries. THE BALD LIES OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY Remember the al-Qaeda-is-on-the-run 2012-election talking point? It was mostly a lie. The administration deliberately released to sympathetic journalists only those documents from the so-called Osama bin Laden trove that revealed worry and dissension among the terrorists. Then it nourished essays by pet journalists trumpeting the decline of al-Qaeda. Disturbing memos that confounded that narrative, as Weekly Standard journalist Steven F. Hayes recently noted, were kept back. “On the run” was dropped after...
  • Are the Orcs Winning?

    09/08/2014 8:10:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Fantasy versus reality. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings [1] was sometimes faulted by literary critics for caricaturing the evil orcs [2] as uniformly bad. All of them were as unpleasant to look as they were deadly to encounter. There is not a single good orc or even a reformed orc in the trilogy. The apparent one-dimensional assumption of men, hobbits, dwarves, and elves is that the only good orc is a dead orc. So the absolutist Tolkien tried to teach us about the enduring nature of absolute good and evil. Apparently he did not think that anything from...
  • Only Deterrence Can Prevent War [Peace Through Strength]

    09/04/2014 5:51:02 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/4/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Most aggressors take stupid risks only when they feel they won't be stopped. The world seems to be falling apart. Only lunatics from North Korea or Iran once mumbled about using nuclear weapons against their supposed enemies. Now Vladimir Putin, after gobbling up the Crimea, points to his nuclear arsenal and warns the West not to “mess” with Russia. The Middle East terrorist group the Islamic State keeps beheading its captives and threatening the West. Meanwhile Obama admits to the world that we “don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with such barbaric terrorists. Not long ago he compared them...
  • The New World Disorder

    09/02/2014 4:56:54 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/2/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    To Obama, the retrenchment of the West was not only inevitable but to be welcomed. In just the last five or six years the world has been fundamentally transformed. Instead of the old accustomed Western-inspired postwar global order, crafted and ensured by the United States and its European and Japanese partners, there is now mostly chaos, from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Or, rather, there may be emerging new rules, given that we are still frozen in a Wild West moment, when everyone in the saloon has drawn his six-shooter, paused, and is wondering what happened to...
  • The Madness of 2008: The Perfect Storm That Gave Us Obama

    08/26/2014 5:47:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership.</p>
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Ferguson Postmortem

    08/26/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The backstory of Ferguson was that out of the millions of arrests each year only about 100 African-American suspects are shot fatally by white police. And yet we were falsely and ad nauseam told that Michael Brown was proof of an epidemic. There may well be an epidemic of blacks killing blacks, of African-Americans engaging in the knock-out game against non-blacks or flash-mobbing stores. But as far as rare interracial gun violence goes, in 2014 it is more commonly black on white. Ferguson is an anomaly that did not warrant hundreds of reporters who gladly skipped the real dramas of...
  • The Madness of 2008

    08/26/2014 7:44:03 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | August 26, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    AUGUST 26, 2014 The Madness of 2008 A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened. By Victor Davis Hanson America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership. For those who are “shocked” at the present meltdown, of a magnitude not seen since...
  • Sherman in Gaza [VDH]

    08/20/2014 5:31:44 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/20/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    His march through Georgia has been gravely misunderstood ― as has Israel’s strategy in Gaza. William Tecumseh Sherman 150 years ago took Atlanta before heading out on his infamous March to the Sea to make Georgia “howl.” He remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in American military history. Sherman was an attritionist, not an annihilationist — a strategist who believed in attacking the sources that fuel and field an army rather than butting heads against the army itself. To review his career is to shed light on why the Israeli Defense Forces were both effective in Gaza...
  • VDH: Living Out Critical Legal Theory (Ferguson, the border and beyond)

    08/19/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | August 19, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>It may not have been the aim of Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson to outsource security responsibilities to someone affiliated with the New Black Panthers and a legal activist group, but that is the impression that one receives from listening to his exchange with and praise of Malik Shabazz. If this is the same Malik Shabazz who has a long history of virulent racist and inflammatory anti-Semitic statements, then there has been at least a partial erosion of legal authority in Ferguson.</p>
  • Our ‘Face in the Crowd’

    08/18/2014 9:04:15 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    PJMedia.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Elia Kazan’s classic A Face in the Crowd is a good primer on Barack Obama’s rise and fall. Lonesome Rhodes arises out of nowhere in the 1957 film, romancing the nation as a phony populist who serially spins yarns in the most folksy ways — confident that he should never be held to account. Kazan’s point (in the film Rhodes is a patsy for conservative business interests) is that the “folks” are fickle and prefer to be charmed rather than informed and told the truth. Rhodes’s new first name, Lonesome, resonates in the film in a way that Barack does...
  • Revolutionary Justice (VDH)

    08/18/2014 7:50:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Certainly any time in America that an unarmed suspect is fatally shot by a policeman of the opposite race, there is a need for concern and a quick and full inquiry of the circumstances leading to such a deadly use of force. That said, there is something disturbing about the demagogic efforts to rush to judgment in Ferguson, Mo. While it is understandable to deplore the militarization of the police that might accentuate rising tensions on the street, and to note that a mostly white police force might be less sensitive to a majority African-American populace, there is as yet...
  • The Un-Midas Touch (Victor Davis Hanson rips Obozo real good alert)

    08/11/2014 5:24:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American...
  • Will NATO End With a Whimper?

    08/07/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug 07, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ISTANBUL -- April marked the 65th birthday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed at the height of the Cold War to stop the huge postwar Red Army from overrunning Western Europe. NATO in 1949 had only 12 members, comprising Western Europe, Canada and the United States. Its original mission was simple. According to the alliance's first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, NATO was formed "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." Western Europeans were terrified of the Soviet Union, which had just gobbled up all of Eastern Europe. They feared that the American army...
  • 1984 Redux: Orwellian Illegal Immigration

    08/04/2014 12:49:30 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3,2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Everything we are told about illegal immigration is mostly a lie, and a self-serving one at that. Remember that fact, and the current debate over the border becomes comprehensible.</p> <p>Fleeing to an Oppressive Society?</p> <p>How odd that almost no advocate ever says, “We want amnesty so that our kinsmen have a shot, as we have had a shot, at an independent judiciary, equality under the law, the rule of law, true democracy, free speech, protection of human rights, free-market capitalism, and protection of private property. For all that, millions risk their lives.” But instead there is either nothing, or a continual critique of the U.S. If we were to take a newly arrived illegal alien, and enroll him in a typical Chicano Studies course, he would logically wish to return across the border as soon as possible.</p>
  • 2014: Obama’s America

    07/19/2014 11:05:58 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    Victor Davis Hanson ^ | July 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hansen
    The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters. Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir...
  • Yesterday, Today and ?

    07/07/2014 12:32:36 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 5, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Finding academics and intellectuals who are critical of the current White House has almost amounted to trying to find a needle in a haystack. Yet, for those who have been looking for such a mythical figure, the search can stop (or at least come to a temporary break). Victor Davis Hanson, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, despite receiving his graduate training in classics, has become an unparalleled authority on a number of topics ranging from “ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture.” In a recent discussion with Ginni Thomas of the...
  • All Clintoned Out

    07/14/2014 11:24:29 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 13 July 2014 | Victor Davis Hansen
    Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out. By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: How did immoral special interests hijack U.S. immigration law

    07/10/2014 12:36:31 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/10/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No one knows just how many tens of thousands of Central American nationals -- most of them desperate, unescorted children and teens -- are streaming across America's southern border. Yet this phenomenon offers us a proverbial teachable moment about the paradoxes and hypocrisies of Latin American immigration to the United States. For all the pop romance in Latin America associated with Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, few Latinos prefer to immigrate to such communist utopias or to socialist spins-offs like Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador or Peru. Instead, hundreds of thousands of poor people continue to risk danger to enter democratic, free-market America,...
  • Are Obama’s Advisers Unhinged?

    07/08/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | July 8, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Surely reports that President Obama is going down to Texas at the height of the Katrina-like border debacle to raise money at the home of the popular but often polarizing filmmaker and Quentin Tarantino–collaborator Robert Rodriguez are the stuff of right-wing mythology?</p>
  • Looking Back at Iraq

    06/26/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So who lost Iraq? The blame game mostly fingers incompetent Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Or is Barack Obama culpable for pulling out all American troops monitoring the success of the 2007–08 surge? Some still blame George W. Bush for going into Iraq in 2003 in the first place to remove Saddam Hussein. One can blame almost anyone, but one must not invent facts to support an argument. Do we remember that Bill Clinton signed into law the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 that supported regime change in Iraq? He gave an eloquent speech on the dangers of Saddam Hussein’s...
  • Obama's World Disorder

    06/25/2014 3:44:50 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    hoover Institution ^ | June 24, 2014 | Victor David Hanson
    Amid all the talk of the isolationism that supposedly characterizes the Obama administration’s foreign policy, we forget that since World War II, the global order has largely been determined by U.S. engagement. The historically rare state of prosperity and peace that defined the postwar world were due to past U.S. vigilance and sacrifice. Germany in the last 150 years has been at the center of three European wars, winning one, losing another, and destroying much of Europe and itself in the third. Yet present-day Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It is...
  • The Federal Octopus

    06/24/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>When IRS Commissioner John Koskinen arrogantly told Congress that he had no apologies for an agency that has targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny, had a top-ranking bureaucrat take the Fifth Amendment, and destroyed its own correspondence, he meant it. Nor did Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA, offer any apologies for concocting a fake persona, replete with false e-mail identity (“Richard Windsor”), to hide her own communications. Kathleen Sebelius was likewise unapologetic after presiding over the ruined initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nor did she pay any consequence for campaigning for Democratic candidates while a cabinet secretary, in violation of the Hatch Act.</p>
  • America’s Middle East Dilemma

    06/19/2014 5:18:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/19/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void thus created, formerly al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists calling themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” are now tearing apart the country, leaving medieval savagery in their wake. Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have...
  • War Was Interested in Obama

    06/16/2014 6:56:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/15/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Leon Trotsky probably did not quite write the legendary aphorism that “you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” But whoever did, you get the point that no nation can always pick and choose when it wishes to be left alone.</p>
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Getting to the bottom of the Bergdahl story

    06/12/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Soon we shall get to the bottom of the swap of five Taliban kingpins from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for one Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. In time we will learn whether Bergdahl really served with "honor and distinction" and was "captured on the battlefield," as National Security Adviser Susan Rice has stated. Or whether, as fellow soldiers of his platoon insist, he was a deserter who left his comrades to seek out the Taliban. We will soon discover whether Bergdahl's serious health problems or imminent danger prompted President Obama to make the sudden swap. Or whether, as administration skeptics insist,...
  • Obama Quits Afghanistan: Bergdahl was useful for closing Gitmo and winding down the war.

    06/12/2014 7:06:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/12/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Soon we shall get to the bottom of the swap of five Taliban kingpins from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for one Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.</p>
  • The Troubling Plight of the Modern University

    06/05/2014 4:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Employment rates for college graduates are dismal. Aggregate student debt is staggering. But university administrative salaries are soaring. The campus climate of tolerance has utterly disappeared. Only the hard sciences and graduate schools have salvaged American universities' international reputations. For over two centuries, our superb system of American public and private higher education kept pace with radically changing times and so ensured our prosperity and reinforced democratic pluralism. But a funny thing has happened on the way to the 21st century. Colleges that were once our most enlightened and tolerant institutions became America's dinosaurs. Start with ossified institutions. Tenure...
  • The New Regressives ... Victor Davis Hanson

    06/03/2014 11:08:46 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3 June 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Today’s liberalism is about as liberal as the Hellenistic world was Hellenic — a glossy veneer over a rotten core. In the old days, liberalism was about the means to an end, not the end itself. Since the days of Socrates, liberalism enshrined free inquiry, guided by inductive thinking and empirical use of data. Its enemies were not necessary organized religion — some of the Church fathers sought to find their salvation through the means of neo-Platonic cosmology and Aristotelian logic — or government or traditional custom and practice, but rather deductive thinking anywhere it was found.
  • What was D-Day?

    05/29/2014 4:44:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy years ago this June 6, the Americans, British and Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious invasion of Europe since the Persian king Xerxes invaded Greece in 480 B.C. About 160,000 troops landed on five Normandy beaches and linked up with airborne troops in a masterful display of planning and courage. Within a month almost a million Allied troops had landed in France and were heading eastward toward the German border. Within 11 months the war with Germany was over. The western front required the diversion of hundreds of thousands of German troops. It weakened...
  • Lord Obama

    05/27/2014 8:07:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If we were living in normal times, the following scandals and failures — without going into foreign policy — would have ruined a presidency to the point of reducing it to Nixon, Bush, or Truman poll ratings. Think of the following: the Fast and Furious scandal, the VA mess, the tapping of the communications of the Associated Press reporters, the NSA monitoring, Benghazi in all of its manifestations, the serial lies about Obamacare, the failed stimuli, the chronic zero interest/print money policies, the serial high unemployment, the borrowing of $7 trillion to no stimulatory effect, the spiraling national debt, the...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's Cabinet is Incompetent

    05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for...
  • Politics Have Trumped Ethics In The Obama Administration

    05/22/2014 4:19:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the ill-starred Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel...
  • Modern World is Still Premodern in Many Ways

    05/15/2014 4:11:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nigeria's homegrown, al-Qaeda-linked militant group, Boko Haram, brags openly that it recently kidnapped about 300 young Nigerian girls. It boasts that it will sell them into sexual slavery. Those terrorists have a long and unapologetic history of murdering kids who dare to enroll in school, and Christians in general. For years, Western aid groups have pleaded with the State Department to at least put Boko Haram on the official list of terrorist groups. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team was reluctant to come down so harshly, in apparent worry that some might interpret such condemnation as potentially offensive...
  • Liberals: Exempt from Scrutiny - as long as you say the right things

    05/06/2014 2:00:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It doesn’t matter if you belong to the 0.1 percent as long as you say the right things. The qualifications of a Tommy “Dude” Vietor or Ben Rhodes that placed them in the Situation Room during Obama-administration crises were not years of distinguished public service, military service, prior elected office, a string of impressive publications, an academic career, previous diplomatic postings, or any of the usual criteria that have placed others at the nerve center of America in times of crisis. Their trajectory was based on yeoman partisan PR work, and largely on being young, hip, and well connected politically....
  • Reid Has Become a McCarthy for our Time

    04/24/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We should ask Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the same question once posed to Sen. Joseph McCarthy by U.S. Army head counsel Robert N. Welch: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the Bureau of Land Management policy, as "domestic terrorists." McCarthy in the 1950s became infamous for smearing his opponents with lurid allegations that he could not prove, while questioning their patriotism. Reid has brought back to the Senate...
  • Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way: We'd rather be wrong with Clive than right with Harry Reid

    04/21/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way Frank Hanson, my grandfather, riding Paint in Kingsburg, California, in 1959.IÂ’m sure that Cliven Bundy [1] probably could have cut a deal with the Bureau of Land Management and should have. Of course, itÂ’s never wise to let a federal court order hang over your head. And certainly we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function.In a practical sense, I also know that if I were to burn brush on a no-burn day, or toss an empty pesticide container in the garbage bin, or shoot a coyote...
  • 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...