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  • The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations

    08/17/2015 4:42:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Why do polls show that racial relations have gotten much worse under Barack Obama, who won the White House with over 95% of the black — and 45% of the white — vote?</p> <p>A recent New York Times/CBS News poll just revealed that about 60% of Americans feel race relations are not good. Some 40% think that they will become even worse. Yet when Obama was elected, 66% of those polled felt race relations were generally OK. All racial groups, according to recent polling, believe that Obama’s handling of racial relations has made things worse since 2009. Another recent Pew poll confirms these tensions, and suggests whites are now about as pessimistic as blacks.</p>
  • How Long Will Trump’s Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last?

    08/13/2015 6:40:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 137 replies
    National Review ^ | August 12, 2015 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    How Long Will Trump’s Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last? by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON August 13, 2015 The coarser and cruder Donald Trump becomes, and the more ill-informed on the issues he sounds, the more he coasts in the polls. Apparently, a few of his targets must be regarded as unsympathetically as their defamer. Trump is rightly mocked for cynically spreading quid pro quo money around. But he quickly counters that his critics — from Hillary Clinton to his Republican rivals — have all asked him for such cash or for favors. Trump preps little. He has no real agenda....
  • Obama: Tougher on Congress than on Khamenei

    08/11/2015 4:24:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/11/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The speech was mean-spirited and dishonest -- and may have been counterproductive. President Obama’s speech last week advocating congressional approval of the Iran deal was mostly made-up history mixed with invective. Indeed, he talked far more roughly about his congressional partners than he did about our Iranian enemies, who have worked so hard to kill Americans over the last 35 years. Obama assured us that in the past a “nonproliferation treaty . . . prohibited nations from acquiring nuclear weapons.” One wonders, then, how India, China, North Korea, and Pakistan ever obtained them, given they were all forbidden to do...
  • History’s Complexity Should Discourage Liberals’ Cheap Retroactive Morality

    08/06/2015 5:00:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/6/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Some Democratic-party groups are renouncing their once-egalitarian idols, the renaissance genius Thomas Jefferson and the populist Andrew Jackson. Both presidents, some two centuries ago, owned slaves. Consequently, the two men have been suddenly deemed unworthy of further liberal reverence. In Connecticut, for instance, the state Democratic party has removed the two presidents’ names from an annual fundraiser previously known as the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner. There are lots of strange paradoxes in the current frenzied liberal dissection of past sins. One, a historic figure must be near perfect in all dimensions of his or her complex life to now pass progressive muster....
  • Donald Trump and the Fed-Up Crowd (VDH)

    07/27/2015 5:28:41 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-26-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    (snip) To explain the inexplicable rise of Donald Trump is to calibrate the anger of a fed-up crowd that is enjoying the comeuppance of an elite that never pays for the ramifications of its own ideology. The elite media, whose trademark is fad and cant, writes off the fed-up crowd as naïve and susceptible to demagoguery as the contradictory and hypocritical Trump manipulates their anger. In fact, they probably got it backwards. Trump is a transitory vehicle of the fed-up crowd, a current expression of their distaste for both Democratic and Republican politics, but not an end in and of...
  • Disregard For the Law is America's Greatest Threat

    07/09/2015 5:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Barbarians at the gate usually don't bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture. Far more dangerous are institutionalized corruption, a lack of transparency and creeping neglect of existing laws. All the German euros in the world will not save Greece if Greeks continue to dodge taxes, featherbed government and see corruption as a business model. Even obeying so-called minor laws counts. It is no coincidence that a country where drivers routinely flout traffic laws and throw trash out the window is also a...
  • The Failure of Change

    07/07/2015 4:22:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/7/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama has built a legacy, all right: appeasement, staggering debt, racial animosity . . . President Obama last week spiked the ball on the Supreme Court’s decisions to legalize gay marriage and to ratify the Affordable Care Act. Yet it is difficult to see quite how Obama had much to do with these decisions — or, to the degree he did, that they are earth-shattering. He twice ran for president expressing opposition to gay marriage while emphasizing the religious element of holy matrimony, which, he argued, precluded same-sex marriages. Is he delighted that the Court ignored his prior views? On...
  • Is the World Becoming Fed Up?

    07/06/2015 9:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Faster, please: A great pushback is awakening here and abroad, but its timing, nature, and future remain mysterious. Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow…Given European socialism, and given its therapeutic culture that assumes morality is relative and situational, it is quite stunning — especially to the Greeks — that suddenly debts are to mean not endless negotiations, haggling, blame-gaming, and contextualization, but are reduced to something akin to Calvin Coolidge’s snarky alleged quote, “They hired the money, didn’t they?” Aside from the threats of Vladimir Putin and the wobbling of the European Union, Europe is being overrun with illegal immigrants from...
  • California Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity

    07/01/2015 10:31:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 7-1-15 | Victor Davis Hansen
    California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched state now prays...
  • Progressive Mass Hysteria (VDH)

    07/01/2015 4:01:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Thucydides uses the frightening story to warn of the wild — and often dangerous — swings in public opinion innate to democratic culture. The historian seems at times obsessed with these explosions of Athenian popular passions, offering an even longer and more hair-raising account of popular mood swings over invading Sicily. We forget sometimes that the Athenian democracy that gave us Sophocles and Pericles also, in a fit of unhinged outrage, executed Socrates by a majority vote of one of its popular courts. American democracy has become increasingly Athenian, as it periodically whips itself up into outbursts of frantic indignation....
  • VDH: Hillary Gump

    06/29/2015 5:24:09 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-28-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The fictional and cinema hero Forrest Gump somehow always managed to turn up at historic moments in the latter twentieth century. But whereas Forrest usually had a positive role to play at the hinges of fate, the equally ubiquitous Hillary Gump usually appeared as a bit player who made things far worse. Take the issue of government abuse, ethics, and public transparency. The modern locus classicus of government overreach was the Watergate scandal. Over forty years ago Hillary was there as a young legal intern purportedly advising the House Judiciary Committee during the congressional investigations. She was also reportedly let...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • California: Running On Empty (VVDH)

    06/22/2015 5:20:12 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-21-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The air in the San Joaquin Valley this late-June is, of course, hot and dry, but also dustier and more full of particulates than usual. This year a strange flu reached epidemic proportions. I say strange, because after the initial viral symptoms subsided, one’s cough still lingered for weeks and even months. Antibiotics did not seem to faze it. Allergy clinics were full. Almost every valley resident notices that when orchards and vineyards are less watered, when row cropland lies fallow, when lawns die and blow away, when highway landscaping dries up, nature takes over and the air becomes even...
  • 'Barack Obama is the classic appeaser' (VDH)

    06/21/2015 6:13:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    WND ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    We now easily damn the idea of appeasement. Since the 1940s it has become a pejorative word for naiveté in foreign relations, if not downright cowardice. It was no[t] always so. The term gained popular currency in the Western democracies after the catastrophe of World War I as a sober and judicious way of approaching foreign crises. By understanding the viewpoints of an adversary, not obsessing over minor symbolic contentions involving honor and pride, and offering reasonable concessions designed to assuage tempers, sober adults might avoid another global bloodbath. French and British statesmen certainly thought by allowing Hitler to remilitarize...
  • Goodnight, California

    06/20/2015 11:16:56 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I offer another chronicle, a 14-hour tour of the skeleton I once knew as California...[Snip]...I turn on the local news and channel surf for 10 minutes. How well we take refuge in the absurd. This litany blares out: Bruce Jenner’s new sexual identity, the latest racial controversy, this time over the crashing of a private pool party and the police reaction, the Obama’s new stretch Air Force One jumbo jet, Marco Rubio’s one ticket every four years, Miley Cyrus’s bisexuality. I suppose if one cannot grasp, much less deal with, $19 trillion in debt, a foreign policy in shambles, the...
  • Building the New Dark-Age Mind

    06/09/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9 June 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    History is not static and it does not progress linearly. There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now. Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry That is an ahistorical assumption. The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a...
  • What’s Driving the Influx of Migrants and Refugees to the West?

    06/04/2015 4:26:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/4/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tuscany — Northern and central Italy are not on the southern Mediterranean. But somehow thousands of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are everywhere here — as is true of much of the European Union. Some sleep on park benches. Many peddle knock-off electronic goods and counterfeit watches. Angry Italians shoo away refugee beggars from tour groups. The Greek islands near the coast of Turkey are likewise flooded this summer with dispossessed refugees from countries such as Afghanistan and Syria. Apparently a bankrupt Greek government lacks the resources to patrol its vast coastline. Some beleaguered Greeks assume that...
  • Obama vs. 70 Years of Postwar Global Order

    06/02/2015 4:38:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/2/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Where previous presidents fostered American strength, Obama revels in weakness. Director Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, set during the Depression, was a divine counterfactual thought experiment designed to remind a suicidal George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) that his hometown, Bedford Falls, would have turned out to be a pretty miserable place called Pottersville without his seemingly ordinary presence. Consider the Obama administration’s first six years as a prolonged counterfactual take on what the world might have been like for the last 70 years without a traditionally engaged American president dedicating our country to preserving the postwar Western-inspired global order. The...
  • Knocking On War's Door

    05/28/2015 5:11:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 201 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For a time, reset, concessions and appeasement work to delay wars. But finally, nations wake up, grasp their blunders, rearm and face down enemies. That gets dangerous. The shocked aggressors cannot quite believe that their targets are suddenly serious and willing to punch back. Usually, the bullies foolishly press aggression, and war breaks out. It was insane of Nazi Germany and its Axis partners to even imagine that they could defeat the Allied trio of Imperial Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States. But why not try? Hitler figured that for a decade America had been unarmed and isolationist....
  • The Center Is Not Holding (From ISIS at Ramadi to riots at home, nothing is going right)

    05/26/2015 3:09:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/26/15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” – W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” Things are starting to collapse, abroad and at home. We all sense it, even as we bicker over who caused it and why. ISIS took Ramadi last week. That city once was a Bastogne to the brave Americans who surged to save it in 2007 and 2008. ISIS, once known at the White House as the “Jayvees,” were certainly “on the run” — right into the middle of that strategically important city. On a smaller scale, ISIS is...
  • Disasters at Home and Abroad

    05/26/2015 4:52:08 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/26/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From ISIS at Ramadi to riots at home, nothing is going right. “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” – W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” Things are starting to collapse, abroad and at home. We all sense it, even as we bicker over who caused it and why. ISIS took Ramadi last week. That city once was a Bastogne to the brave Americans who surged to save it in 2007 and 2008. ISIS, once known at the White House as the “Jayvees,” were certainly “on the run” — right into the...
  • Think Like a Liberal -- or Else

    05/21/2015 5:00:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What happens when the public does not wish to live out the utopian dreams of its elite leaders? Usually, the answer for those leaders is to seek more coercion and less liberty to force people to think progressively. Here at home, President Barack Obama came into power in 2009 with a Democratic Congress, a sympathetic press, and allies in Hollywood, academia, unions, and philanthropic and activist foundations. Yet all that support was not sufficient to ensure "correct" public attitudes about Obama's agenda on health care, entitlements, taxes, guns, abortion and cultural issues. In the 2010 midterm elections, the Democrats...
  • How the Left Amended the First Amendment

    05/12/2015 4:20:24 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/12/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Free speech and artistic and intellectual expression have been controversial Western traditions since the rise of the classical-Greek city-state. When our Founding Fathers introduced guarantees of such freedoms to our new nation, they were never intended to protect thinkers whom we all admire or traditionalists who produce beloved movies like The Sound of Music. The First Amendment to the Constitution instead was designed to protect the obnoxious, the provocative, the uncouth, and the creepy — on the principle that if the foulmouths can say or express what they wish and the public can put up with it, then everyone else...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: How Civilizations Collapse — Is U.S. Next?

    05/07/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/6/15 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional 4th-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? The answer is usually not enemies at the gates, but the pathologies inside them.
  • America’s Politicized Tax Enforcement Is a Harbinger of Decline

    05/07/2015 4:14:04 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? The answer is usually not enemies at the gates, but the pathologies inside them. What ruins societies is well known: too much consumption and not enough production, a debased currency, and endemic corruption. Americans currently deal with all those symptoms. But two more fundamental causes for decline are even more frightening: an unwillingness to pay taxes and the end of the rule of law. Al Sharpton is again prominently in the news, blaming various groups...
  • Why California’s Drought Was Completely Preventable

    04/30/2015 8:18:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel — even if President Barack Obama and California governor Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells — like those of 1929–34, 1976–77, and 1987–92 — are more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought — well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the...
  • An Ironic Drought In California (It's Their Own Fault)

    04/30/2015 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel -- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells -- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early...
  • The Strange Case of Modern Immigration - The West is too cowed by guilt to look at it honestly

    04/28/2015 7:29:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | April 28, 2015 | Victor Davis Hansen
    <p>Is immigrating from less-developed countries to the West a good or a bad thing, for host and guest? Is the immigrant angry at, or nostalgic for, the country he left? Is he thankful to or resentful of the country he has come to? Does the Westerner know why the other seeks him out or why he himself chooses not to emigrate to the non-West? These questions and dozens like them are not so much never answered as never even asked. The result is chaos.</p>
  • The Fall of the House of Clinton

    04/27/2015 7:04:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-27-15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Boys and girls, Count Victor presents a berrry, berrry scarrrrrry tale of political corruption run amok.</p> <p>1.That the accusations are “old news.” 2.That the accusers are funded by right-wing conspiracists. 3.That everyone does what the Clintons did. 4.That the media pick on the Clintons. 5.That there is no hard evidence (because they have destroyed documents) that would ever lead to a criminal case. And: 6.That they are moving on, to work on behalf of the folks.</p>
  • Moral Schizophrenics

    04/21/2015 4:13:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/21/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On campus, on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton in recent months has done the following: She charged UCLA somewhere around $300,000 for reciting some platitudes. That works out to over $165 a second for her 30 minutes on stage — meaning that she made more in one minute than a student barista does in a year. Ms. Clinton acknowledges that, while secretary of state, she solicited donations from wealthy foreign nationals for her family foundation, whose funds she and her husband have frequently tapped for exclusive travel and other expenses. Everything Ms. Clinton has said recently seems to be demonstrably...
  • The Burdens of Thought Policing

    04/07/2015 4:48:09 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/7/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From gay weddings to Iran’s muscle-flexing, PC enforcers have a big job.It is not easy being a contemporary thought policeman. No sooner had the radical gay Left demonized the owners of an Indiana pizza parlor, which does not cater weddings, for suggesting that in theory they might not wish to cater a gay wedding than all sorts of stories surfaced saying that lots of Muslim eateries professed that they too would not cater gay weddings. What can the thought bullies do if one victim should victimize another? Money complicates thought policing as well. The CEO of Apple is outraged at...
  • Obama’s Chicago Presidency

    04/04/2015 7:21:28 AM PDT · by aragorn · 22 replies
    National Review Onlline ^ | March 31, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Senator Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was a vocal critic both of President Obama’s executive-action opening to Cuba and his nuclear non-proliferation talks with Iran. In the midst of his loud opposition, he found himself suddenly the target of renewed federal charges that had aired much earlier without consequence. I think the message was not that the administration was worried over appearances, but rather that it wished to remind all of Washington that it actually welcomed the appearance of not being worried over the idea of federal prosecutorial power being used for tit-for-tat vendettas. Malice is a valuable political tool for...
  • The Ghastly Shadow of Munich

    04/02/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. All of that is true. But there was much more that caused the Munich debacle than simple Western naiveté. The full tragedy of that ill-fated agreement should warn us on the eve of the Obama's administration's gullible agreement with Iran on nuclear proliferation. Fable one is the idea that most people saw right through the Munich folly. True, Europeans knew that Hitler had never once told the truth and...
  • Tom Cotton is an American hero (Victor Davis Hanson)

    03/26/2015 11:52:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand -- "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" -- has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and signed by 46 other senators.
  • At the White House, There’s Nobody Home

    03/19/2015 6:34:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    National Review online ^ | March 19, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The absence of true leadership has created chaos at home and abroad.What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the United States to warn Congress about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. He spoke without the invitation of an irritated President Obama, who claimed that he did not even watch the address on television. Obama declined to even meet with the Israeli prime minister, announcing that it would have been improper for him to have such a meeting so close to...
  • A Tale of Four Droughts: Each is a Metaphor of What California Has Become

    03/16/2015 7:24:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/16/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>California is not suffering one drought, but four. Each is a metaphor of what California has become.</p> <p>The first California drought, of course, is natural. We are now in the midst of a fourth year of record low levels of snow and rain.</p>
  • Shameless

    03/10/2015 4:24:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 3-10-15 | Victor Davis Hansen
    Hillary stonewalled and has now outsourced her problem to attack-dog subordinates and Democratic stalwarts who, she believes, have Hillary—or no one—for 2016. I guess the message is “I’m lying, so what?” Remember Richard Nixon’s vain attempt to keep Watergate tapes because he alone had determined that some were only private in nature and did not relate to government business or subpoenas—and the subsequent reaction to his “gaps.” That is Hillary Clinton’s absurd line of something like “secretary of state privilege,” and thus her press conference could only end in disaster. After all the obfuscation, the only thing that one can...
  • How Many Straws on Hillary’s Back?

    03/10/2015 10:24:15 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/10/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    She is the star of the Democratic party — and for Democrats that’s a big problem. Hillary Clinton’s pre-campaign for the 2016 presidential race is predicated on three givens: her landmark status as the likely first female presidential candidate of one of the two major parties; her name recognition as a Clinton; and the fact that no Democratic strategist is yet willing to risk turning over a presidential campaign to Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren. Polls show that right now Hillary would both win the Democratic nomination and be elected president. But that likelihood assumes that four considerations will go...
  • The Audacity of Weakness

    03/05/2015 4:51:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/5/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s morally confused foreign policy is making the world more dangerous by the day. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic — and likely to soon be nuclear — Iran. Netanyahu came to the U.S. to outline the Iranian plan to remake the Middle East with a new nuclear arsenal. His warning was delivered over the objections of the Obama administration, which wants to cut a deal with Iran that allows the theocracy to continue to enrich lots of uranium. Netanyahu received a standing ovation for stating the...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: An immigration solution

    02/27/2015 6:19:08 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/26/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos. It is a good time to remember that there are more than just two types of immigration -- legal and illegal. There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration.
  • Reliving the 1930s

    02/19/2015 4:17:59 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/19/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    World War II was the most destructive war in history. What caused it? The panic from the ongoing and worldwide Depression in the 1930s had empowered extremist movements the world over. Like-minded, violent dictators of otherwise quite different Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan and Communist Soviet Union all wanted to attack their neighbors. Yet World War II could have been prevented had Western Europe united to deter Germany. Instead, France, Britain and the smaller European democracies appeased Hitler. The United States turned isolationist. The Soviet Union collaborated with the Third Reich. And Italy and Japan eventually joined it. The...
  • Brian Williams’s Truth Problem, and Ours

    02/12/2015 6:11:16 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/12/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The NBC anchor’s lies are symptomatic of a culture in which truth has become relativized. NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams frequently fabricated a dramatic story that he was under enemy attack while reporting from Iraq. NBC is now investigating whether Williams also embellished events in New Orleans during his reporting on Hurricane Katrina. Williams always plays the hero in his yarns, braving natural and hostile human enemies to deliver us the truth on the evening news. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather tried to pass off fake memos as authentic evidence about former President George W. Bush’s supposedly checkered National...
  • True Lies

    02/12/2015 7:44:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    "NBC Nightly News" anchorman Brian Williams frequently fabricated a dramatic story that he was under enemy attack while reporting from Iraq. NBC is now investigating whether Williams also embellished events in New Orleans during his reporting on Hurricane Katrina. Williams always plays the hero in his yarns, braving natural and hostile human enemies to deliver us the truth on the evening news. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather tried to pass off fake memos as authentic evidence about former President George W. Bush's supposedly checkered National Guard record. CNN news host Fareed Zakaria, who recently interviewed President Obama, was caught using...
  • Snarker-in-Chief

    02/10/2015 7:02:26 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | 10 Feb 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Snark is a popular word used for a particular sort of off-putting sarcasm. Snarkiness can manifest itself as adolescent cheap shots, snide condescension, or simple ad hominem patronizing — a sort of “I know you are, but what am I?” schoolyard name-calling. Its incessant use is typically connected with a peevishness born out of juvenile insecurity, and sometimes fed by an embarrassing envy. All politicians are snarky at times; but few obsessively so, given the wages of monotony and insecurity that the snark earns. President Obama is well known both for ad hominem dismissals of his supposed enemies — everyone...
  • How to Make Sense of an Incoherent America

    02/10/2015 9:23:38 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 2/9/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States can be quite an incoherent place at times. Here are a few examples. Diversity Sometime in the 1990s the growing contradictions of affirmative action in a multiracial society became problematic. Ethnic ancestry was often neither easily identifiable nor readily commensurate with class status, and so gave way to a more popular term: “diversity.”
  • The Roots of Obama’s Appeasement

    02/05/2015 1:20:48 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/5/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The president’s disastrous foreign policy is as much a product of his own vanity as anything else. Members of the Obama administration have insisted that the Taliban are not terrorists. Those responsible for the recent Paris killings are not radical Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular. Jihad is a “legitimate tenet of Islam.” And “violent extremism,” “workplace violence,” or “man-caused disaster” better describe radical Islamic terrorism. Domestic terrorism is just as likely caused by returning U.S. combat veterans, according to one report by a federal agency. What is the point of such linguistic appeasement? The word “appeasement” long ago...
  • Still More of President Obama’s Moral Equivalence (VDH)

    02/05/2015 11:58:55 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama, at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, said: Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. This is banal. The problem with all such high-horse declarations by Obama is his continual omission of historical context and, in this case, his conflation of the frequent with the rare. The Crusades began in 1095, almost a millennium...
  • Barack Obama, Empire Builder: Not since the 1930s have we seen so many evil empires on the rise.

    01/27/2015 6:29:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/27/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Empires can rise and fall quickly. After World War I, the Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman, and Russian Empires abruptly collapsed amid military defeat, rising nationalism, and revolution.</p> <p>Yet on the eve of World War II four new empires suddenly grew out the wreckage of old Europe and Asia. A weak Italy under Fascist Benito Mussolini in just a few years grabbed much of East and North Africa, as well as the Dalmatian coast. Hitler’s so-called “Third Empire” carved off Austria and strips of Eastern Europe — and planned to go to war for more. The Soviet Union absorbed the Baltic states and southern Finland. Japan declared first Manchuria, and then Southeast Asia, part of its new “Co-Prosperity Sphere.”</p>
  • Obama Does Have a Strategy

    02/03/2015 7:49:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/3/15 | Victor David Hanson
    Once you see what he is trying to accomplish, it all makes sense..... The Obama team — with its foreign policy formulated by President Obama himself...Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry — is not in fact befuddled by the existing world. Instead, it is intent on changing it into something quite different from what it is.... ... current U.S. foreign policy is consistent, logical, and based on four pillars of belief. 1. Readjustments in the global order are long overdue.... 2. All nations and interests act rationally — if given a chance..... 3. Do abroad as we try to...
  • What Are the Metaphysics of Islamic Denial?

    02/02/2015 8:24:44 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/ ^ | February 2nd, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    After six years, it is no surprise that the Obama administration does not see the Taliban as “terrorists” or that it will not associate “violent extremism” with radical Islam or just Islam. After all, when Maj. Hasan murdered U.S. soldiers it was nothing more than “workplace violence,” as if he were a disgruntled post office employee of the 1970s. Our two top intelligence chiefs assured us that the Muslim Brotherhood was “largely secular” and that jihad “was a legitimate tenet of Islam.” Add in “workplace violence” and the old “overseas contingency operations.” Do we remember that Ms. Napolitano’s Department of...