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  • Beware Putin and His 'Anti-Hitler Coalition'

    10/08/2015 3:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.</p>
  • Rush Limbaugh’s Defense of Donald Trump Is Shocking: Conflating license with liberty.

    09/19/2015 5:43:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/19/2015 | by Avner Zarmi
    Last week, National Review’s Jim Geraghty published what may be the most insightful essay yet [1] on the difference between the conservative movement and Donald Trump and his followers. Geraghty has noticed a telling reticence on Trump’s part to utter such words as “freedom” or “liberty.” By contrast, Geraghty notes that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker used the word “freedom” six times in the 179-word announcement of his plan to replace ObamaCare, and Ted Cruz used “freedom” twice and “liberty” eleven times in his announcement speech at Liberty University, not counting references to the university itself.The reason for this lack of...
  • America's Descent Into Lawlessness

    09/10/2015 4:04:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | September 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do you remember Lewis "Scooter" Libby? In 2003, the Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, unlawfully disclosed the covert status of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Yet Plame may not have been a covert undercover agent, based on the formal government definition of that role. And even if she were, it was widely known at the time that Secretary of State Colin Powell's subordinate, Richard Armitage, had most likely disclosed her status earlier. In other words, Libby was in an Orwellian position of being accused of a crime...
  • Is the West Dead Yet?

    09/08/2015 7:56:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Elites who are exempt by virtue of their money and influence from the consequences of living among millions of displaced Africans, Arabs, or Latin Americans berate ad nauseam their less-well-connected, supposedly illiberal fellow citizens. But note that no elite Westerner wants to face the cause of the malady: namely, that the failure in the Third World to adopt Western ideas of consensual government, equality between the sexes, free-market capitalism, individual liberty, and transparent meritocracy logically leads to mayhem and poverty. Westerners are afraid to explain why the non-West suffers and what it might do to end its own miseries. To...
  • Hillary’s Campaign Has Already Begun to Derail

    09/03/2015 6:38:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/03/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Hillary Clinton’s second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue.</p> <p>The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved that it was not so much a charity as a huge laundering operation. Quid pro quo donations from the global rich and powerful fueled the Clintons’ jet-setting networking.</p>
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will – who knows a thing or two about conservatism – makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an “unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate” who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump “a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.” And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • 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....
  • Obama is killing the Left. Let's help him. (REPOST. I messed up on the last one.)

    07/12/2015 5:58:46 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I have enormous respect for Victor Davis Hanson and read with great interest his account this week that people are fed up with liberal elites. Amid all this leftish high-fiving about court decisions and executive orders, we forget political and electoral reality. Barack Obama has done more to destroy liberal political power in the Congress and in the statehouses than any Democratic politician since the 1920s. His executive orders and neglect of enforcing existing law have green-lighted the executive power of the next Republican president in a way that Richard Nixon could hardly imagine. He has discredited the idea of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • Knocking On War's Door

    05/28/2015 5:11:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | 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....
  • 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.
  • 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 ^ | 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>
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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>
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What Are the Metaphysics of Islamic Denial?

    02/02/2015 8:24:44 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies ^ | 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...
  • Multicultural Suicide

    01/12/2015 4:13:43 PM PST · by kanawa · 18 replies ^ | January 11th, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Fueling the Western paralysis in dealing with radical Islam is the late 20th century doctrine of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is one of those buzzwords that does not mean what it should. The ancient and generic Western study of many cultures is not multiculturalism. Rather, the trendy term promotes non-Western cultures to a status equal with or superior to Western culture largely to fulfill contemporary political agendas. On college campuses, multiculturalism not so much manifests itself in the worthy interest in Chinese literature, Persian history, or hieroglyphics, but rather has become more a therapeutic exercise of exaggerating Western sins while ignoring non-Western...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Liberalism has lost working class

    01/09/2015 3:40:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Democrats for over a century were associated with the American middle class. Working-class voters once believed that Democratic-inspired intervention into the economy – minimum-wage laws, overtime pay, Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation – protected their interests better than unfettered free-market capitalism. Republicans often had trouble selling the argument that an unleashed economy and new technology would relegate poverty to a relative, not absolute, condition – something like suffering with a cheap outdated iPhone 4 while the better-off afforded an iPhone 6. Why, then, have Democrats lost the working class – especially white, lower-middle-class voters? There are several obvious reasons. For...
  • The Party of Snobbish Elites

    01/08/2015 2:22:01 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A gentrified cocoon of progressive privilege has cost Democrats the middle class. Democrats for over a century were associated with the American middle class. Working-class voters once believed that Democratic-inspired intervention into the economy — minimum-wage laws, overtime pay, Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation — protected their interests better than unfettered free-market capitalism. Republicans often had trouble selling the argument that an unleashed economy and new technology would relegate poverty to a relative, not absolute, condition — something like suffering with a cheap, outdated iPhone 4 while the better-off could afford an iPhone 6. Why, then, have Democrats lost the...
  • Are Drone Strikes More Defensible than Torture

    12/17/2014 2:45:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There are lots of hypocrisies surrounding the recently released executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But they pale in comparison to the current Democratic silence about President Barack Obama's policy of targeted drone assassinations. Since 2004, drones have killed an estimated 2,400 to 3,888 individuals in Pakistan alone, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. An estimated 345 to 553 individuals in Yemen have been killed in drone strikes over the same period. The BIJ reports that the Obama administration has "markedly stepped up the use of drones. Since...
  • 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>
  • War Clouds on the Horizon?

    12/06/2014 7:07:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | December 4, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A large war is looming absent preventive American vigilance The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we’ve seen before. In the decade before World War I, the near-hundred-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored. The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising....
  • An Inconvenient Law

    11/27/2014 4:55:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | September 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a humane, transparent, truthful -- and constitutional -- way to address illegal immigration. Unfortunately, President Obama's unilateral plan to exempt millions of residents from federal immigration law is none of those things. Obama said he had to move now because of a dawdling Congress. He forgot to mention that there were Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 and 2010, yet he did nothing, in fear of punishment at the polls. Nor did Obama push amnesty in 2011 or 2012, afraid of hurting his own re-election chances. Worries over sabotaging Democratic chances in the 2014 midterms explain his inaction...
  • Meet the Snobocrats

    11/20/2014 4:22:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | November 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud. Gruber was caught on videotape expressing the haughty attitude that drove the Affordable Care Act, deriding the "stupidity" of Americans as a way to justify misleading them. Gruber apparently thinks such deception is OK because yokel voters could not handle the truth about the looming chaos he helped to engineer in their health coverage. Unfortunately, Gruber's disdain for the proverbial masses -- he was paid nearly $400,000 in consulting fees -- is thematic of the last...
  • A Moral Primer [VDH]

    11/18/2014 4:26:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s legacy: government-induced chaos at home, moral equivalence abroad. The last but long gasp of the Obama administration is characterized not so much by deceit and incompetence as by growing chaos. Everything appears to be coming apart. The chariot of state now veers up and down with a terrified Phaethon clueless at the reins. Whether it is ISIS, Ebola, Putin, or Obamacare, the common strain is not simple incompetence, but a maladroitness born of intolerant ideological fundamentalism. Have our government agencies ever seemed more corrupt or useless or both, staffed by political cronies and leftist zealots? What ever happened to...
  • A Democratic Waterloo

    11/06/2014 3:56:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | November 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Duke of Wellington said of his close-run victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo that the French "came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Something like that happened to the Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, as they lost the Senate, a few more seats in the House and additional governorships. They came on with the same old strategy, but this time they went down with it. Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years. On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus...
  • Our Make-It-Up World [VDH]

    10/30/2014 4:35:37 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/30/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Facts now pale in comparison with the higher truths of progressivism.</p> <p>Do bothersome facts matter anymore?</p> <p>Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform.</p>
  • Plutocratic Populism Pays [VDH]

    10/28/2014 4:22:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/28/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What’s with rich liberals who blast other people for being rich? In early October, Barack Obama went to a $32,000-a-head fundraiser at the 20-acre estate of the aptly named billionaire Richie Richman. The day before he charmed his paying audience of liberal 1 percenters, Obama had sent out an e-mail alleging that Republicans were “in the pocket of billionaires.” Does that mean that Republicans who accept cash from billionaire supporters are always in their pockets, but that when the president does likewise, he never is? And if so, on what grounds is he exempt from his own accusations? In mid-October,...
  • Crimes of Exactly What? [VDH]

    10/27/2014 5:50:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The recent unfortunate shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and its violent aftermath seem to have had everything and nothing to do with race. Brown was black and unarmed and the officer white; but it is equally true that the 292-pound Brown likely committed a number of crimes in the minutes before his death. He was high on drugs; he robbed a store and strong-armed the clerk; he was walking down the middle of a road; and he started a physical altercation with policeman Darren Wilson (who tried to question him), inflicting injuries on the officer before being fatally...
  • Our New Missiles of October

    10/23/2014 6:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 23, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In October of 1962, America worried whether an untried young president, John F. Kennedy, could keep us safe from nuclear-tipped missiles from nearby communist Cuba. Today's October worries are more insidious: the Ebola virus, the macabre Islamic State, a tottering stock market, a bellicose Russia, and a crisis of confidence in our government. Much of what the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control initially swore about the Ebola virus proved false. The virus really did infect Americans at home, despite assurances that there was "no significant risk." There always was a danger of infected West Africans entering the...
  • The Biggest Lie [VDH]

    10/21/2014 4:24:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Left would rather forget its old slogan, “Bush lied, thousands died.” The very mention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Iraq was toxic for Republicans by 2005. They wanted to forget about the supposed absence of recently manufactured WMD in great quantities in Iraq; Democrats saw Republican defensiveness as key to their recovery in 2006. By the time Obama was elected, the issue had been demagogued to death, was no longer of any political utility, and so vanished. So why all of a sudden is the New York Times strangely focused on old WMD stockpiles showing up in...
  • Republican Populism—or Republican Destruction

    10/20/2014 5:27:23 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-19-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing much the Republicans have done explains why they are on the verge of taking back the Senate and making gains in the House. (Emphasis mine) Not since the summer of 1974 or October 1980 have we see a presidency in a total meltdown. Abroad, ISIS, Putin, and the bullying Chinese have revealed that the Obama administration is either clueless or has subordinated foreign policy decisions to rank politics — or both. At home we have Ebola. Meanwhile, the list of corrupt, incompetent or politically rogue federal agencies keeps growing — the VA, ICE, the NSA, the IRS, the Secret...
  • From Comedy to Farce ... VDH

    10/13/2014 1:04:31 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 13 Oct 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It was tragically comical that the commander in chief in just a few weeks could go from referring to ISIS as “jayvee” and a manageable problem to declaring it an existential threat, in the same manner he upgraded the Free Syrian Army from amateurs and a fantasy to our ground linchpin in the new air war. All that tragic comedy was a continuance of his previous untruths, such as the assurance that existing health plans and doctors would not change under the Affordable Care Act or that there was not a smidgeon of corruption at the IRS. But lately the...
  • Obama’s Ideal Revolution [VDH]

    10/09/2014 4:26:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/9/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America’s current revolutionary inspiration seems to derive more from Robespierre than Madison.</p> <p>At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.</p>
  • Welcome to Fantasy Island (VDH)

    10/06/2014 5:29:20 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-5-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Listen to the president and one would think that he was in office during the financial crisis that began on September 15, 2008. For the nth time, Obama reminded the nation on 60 Minutes of the financial meltdown he inherited. That is his usual way of suggesting to the American people that they could hardly hope for normal times after six years of his own governance. In truth, Obama entered office on January 20, 2009 — over four months after the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that precipitated a general financial meltdown. One would not expect Obama to...
  • The Moral Failures of Eric Holder ... VDH

    09/29/2014 4:53:22 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 28 Sep 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Eric Holder’s left many baleful legacies: being censured by the House of Representatives; withholding subpoenaed documents, proving untruthful about a failed gun-walking caper in Mexico; failing to enforce laws on the books, from immigration to the elements of the Affordable Care Act; illegally billing the government for his own private use of a government Gulfstream jet; snooping on Associated Press reporters; giving de facto exemptions to renegade IRS politicos; and trying to create civilian trials for terrorist killers like KSM, one of the architects of the 9/11 attacks. But he will be known mostly for re-teaching Americans to think of...
  • Should We Hope to Die at 75? [VDH]

    09/25/2014 6:39:01 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Contra Ezekiel Emanuel, age is no absolute barometer for human vitality and dignity. Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay — “Why I Hope to Die at 75” — 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, “We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.” But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects...
  • Old and In the Way?

    09/25/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | September 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, "We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic. But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama...
  • Versailles in California

    09/22/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid...
  • Where Have All the Allies Gone?

    09/18/2014 5:30:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | September 18, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won't continue to seek new targets for its devastation. If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate. It is critical for United States to put together...
  • Few Interests, Fewer Friends in Middle East

    09/11/2014 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | 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...