Victor Davis Hanson is a noted historian and social critic whose philosophies are rooted in classicism, agrarianism, and military history. ...

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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson


Where have all the allies gone?

September 18, 2014

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.

  • Few interests, fewer friends in Middle East

    September 11, 2014

    Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East.

  • War -- past, present and future

    September 4, 2014

    The world seems to be falling apart.

  • Obama fails History 101

    August 28, 2014

    President Obama doesn't know much about history.

  • Opportunists fan the flames of racial unrest

    August 21, 2014

    Violence following the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed robbery suspect in Ferguson, Missouri, has tragically followed a predictable script.

  • Occupation of Cyprus underscores hypocrisy of Gaza outrage

    August 14, 2014

    LIMASSOL, Cyprus -- Cyprus is a beautiful island. But it has never recovered from the Turkish invasion of 1974. Turkish troops still control nearly 40 percent of the island -- the most fertile and formerly the richest portion.

  • Will NATO end with a whimper?

    August 7, 2014

    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.

  • Obama and the road not taken

    July 31, 2014

    The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis.

  • George Patton's summer of 1944

    July 24, 2014

    Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.

  • The turbulent summer of 2014

    July 17, 2014

    The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let's take a tour of the disasters.

  • Hypocrites take a selfish stance on border crisis

    July 10, 2014

    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 U.S.

  • Obama seeks an escape from the Middle East

    July 3, 2014

    In his first term, Barack Obama all but declared victory in America's Middle East struggles.

  • Revisionist history prevails on Iraq invasion

    June 26, 2014

    So who lost Iraq?

  • Middle East holds few attractive options for Obama

    June 19, 2014

    Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void, 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.

  • Sgt. Bergdahl and the US departure from Afghanistan

    June 12, 2014

    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.

  • The troubling plight of the modern university

    June 5, 2014

    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.

  • What was D-Day?

    May 29, 2014

    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.

  • Politics have trumped ethics in the Obama administration

    May 22, 2014

    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.

  • Modern world is still premodern in many ways

    May 15, 2014

    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.

  • What do the Putins of the world want?

    May 8, 2014

    Vladimir Putin's Russia is a disaster of a declining population, corruption, authoritarianism, a warped economy and a high rate of alcoholism.

  • The end of affirmative action

    May 1, 2014

    Sometimes doctrines just vanish, once they appear as naked as the proverbial emperor in his new clothes.

  • The new Inquisition

    April 10, 2014

    What if you believed that the planet might not have warmed up the last two decades, even though carbon emissions reached all-time highs?

  • One California for me, another for thee

    April 3, 2014

    No place on the planet is as beautiful and as naturally rich as California. And few places have become as absurd.

  • Massaging of critical data undermines our society

    March 27, 2014

    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.

  • Technology is not wisdom

    March 20, 2014

    Americans now have more computer power in their smart phones than did the Pentagon in all its computer banks just 30 years ago. We board a sophisticated jet and assume that the flight is no more dangerous than crossing the street.

  • Is Obama walking the trail blazed by Nixon?

    March 13, 2014

    What would a president do if he were furious over criticism, or felt that his noble aims justified most means of attaining them?

  • Science and reason vs. political correctness

    March 6, 2014

    President Obama entered office promising to restore the sanctity of science. Instead, a fresh war against science, statistics and reason is being waged on behalf of politically correct politics.

  • America's quiver of outrage is empty

    February 27, 2014

    Don't step over the line and re-militarize the Rhineland. Absorbing Austria would cross a red line. Breaking up Czechoslovakia is unacceptable. Get out of Poland by the announced deadline. The rest was history.

  • The outdated business model of Diversity Inc.

    February 20, 2014

    Diversity has become corporatized on American campuses, with scores of bureaucrats and administrators accentuating different pedigrees and ancestries. That's odd, because diversity does not mean any more "variety" or "points of difference," at least as it used to be defined.

  • An Orwellian nation of Obamathink

    February 13, 2014

    The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" gave us the word "Orwellian." That adjective reflects a vast government's efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but also to do so by reinventing the meaning of ordinary words while rewriting the past itself.

  • A tale of two droughts

    February 6, 2014

    Despite recent sporadic rain, California is still in the worst extended drought in its brief recorded history. If more storms do not arrive, the old canard that California could withstand two droughts -- but never three -- will be tested for the first time in memory.

  • The poison of postmodern lying

    January 30, 2014

    All presidents at one time have fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their resumes and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore -- a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture.

  • Robert Gates and the taint of the insider tell-all

    January 23, 2014

    For all hysteria over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new insider memoir of his tenure during the Bush and Obama administrations, the disclosures are more breaches of trust than earth-shattering revelations. Much of "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" is the ordinary stuff of public service.

  • The cowardice of the new anti-Semitism

    January 16, 2014

    An obscure academic organization called the American Studies Association not long ago voted to endorse a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli universities. The self-appointed moralists were purportedly outraged over the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.

  • Is China copying the old imperial Japan?

    January 9, 2014

    In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might -- after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization -- into formidable military power.

  • The year of the dud

    January 2, 2014

    Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not.

  • The orphaned middle class

    December 26, 2013

    On almost every left-right issue that divides Democrats and Republicans -- as well as Republicans themselves -- there is a neglected populist constituency. The result is that populist politics are largely caricatured as Tea Party extremism -- and a voice for the middle class is largely absent.

  • The lost generation: Young people have been had

    December 19, 2013

    There are all sorts of time bombs embedded within Obamacare.

  • Nuclear gangbangers have upper hand on global police

    December 12, 2013

    The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation -- help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both.

  • History casts doubt upon non-aggression pact with Iran

    December 5, 2013

    According to our recently proposed treaty with the Iranian government, Iran keeps much of its nuclear program while agreeing to slow its path to weapons-grade enrichment. The Iranians also get crippling economic sanctions lifted.

  • America's coastal royalty

    November 28, 2013

    The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America's big decisions are made.

  • Obamacare-speak fails to mask an evolving fiasco

    November 21, 2013

    The Obama administration once gave us "man-caused disasters" for acts of terrorism and "workplace violence" for the Fort Hood shootings. Now it has trumped those past linguistic contortions by changing words to mask the Obamacare disaster.

  • Victor Davis Hanson: America jumps off the tiger's back

    November 13, 2013

    The United States has ridden -- and tamed -- the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous, to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again.

  • Looking for a different sort of president

    November 7, 2013

    The second terms of the latest three presidents have not been successful. Bill Clinton was impeached after his infamous lie to Americans, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

  • The wages of presidential deception

    October 31, 2013

    By 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson was finally done in by his "credibility gap" -- the growing abyss between what he said about, and what was actually happening inside, Vietnam.

  • Beware the hidden costs of beautifully misnamed laws

    October 24, 2013

    Washington has a bad habit of naming laws by what they are not.

  • Obama has failed to follow his own example

    October 17, 2013

    Republicans and Democrats are still name-calling in their arguments over the government shutdown, out-of-control federal spending and the implementation of Obamacare.

  • Mr. Netanyahu and the end of days

    October 10, 2013

    So far Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's peace ruse is still bearing some fruit. President Obama was eager to talk with him at the United Nations -- only to be reportedly rebuffed, until Obama managed to phone him for the first conservation between heads of state of the two countries since the Iranian storming of the U.S. embassy in 1979.

  • 'Game changers'

    October 3, 2013

    When -- not if -- is the only mystery about an Iranian nuclear bomb.

  • The decline of college

    September 19, 2013

    For the last 70 years, American higher education was assumed to be the pathway to upper-mobility and a rich shared-learning experience.

  • One California -- or two?

    September 12, 2013

    Are the recent raves about a new California renaissance true?

  • Same old, same old in Syria

    September 5, 2013

    President Obama's on-and-off-again planned American attack on Syria is nothing new. Besides its five declared wars, America has a habit of intervening all over the world.

  • The Israeli Spring

    August 29, 2013

    Israel could be forgiven for having a siege mentality -- given that at any moment, old frontline enemies Syria and Egypt might spill their violence over common borders.

  • Two Americas

    August 22, 2013

    Two quite different 21st-century Americas are emerging. The nation is not so much divided by "wars" between the rich and poor, men and women, or white and non-white. Instead, there is the world of reality versus that of triviality.