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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

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An ironic drought in California

April 30, 2015

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.

  • Clinton vs. Clinton

    April 23, 2015

    Hillary Clinton apparently plans to base her presidential campaign on the noble goals of greater fairness and shared sacrifice.

  • Ethnic constructs are pointless in our multiracial society

    April 16, 2015

    Not long ago, the New York Times uncovered the artifact that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had once listed himself as "Hispanic" on a Florida voter registration form.

  • Is the modern American university a failed state?

    April 9, 2015

    Modern American universities used to assume four goals.

  • The ghastly shadow of Munich

    April 2, 2015

    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.

  • The ghastly shadow of Munich

    April 2, 2015

    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.

  • Sen. Tom Cotton, tragic hero

    March 26, 2015

    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.

  • Sen. Tom Cotton, tragic hero

    March 25, 2015

    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.

  • Keystone Kops government

    March 19, 2015

    What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous.

  • E-gate epidemics

    March 12, 2015

    Former CIA Director David Petraeus plea-bargained to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material after having given classified government information to his onetime mistress, Paula Broadwell. How was Petraeus' transgression uncovered? By exposure of a non-government email account that he had set up with to communicate with Broadwell free of CIA scrutiny.

  • The audacity of weakness

    March 5, 2015

    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.

  • Illiberal approach to immigration only invites more acrimony

    February 26, 2015

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos.

  • Reliving the 1930s

    February 19, 2015

    World War II was the most destructive war in history. What caused it?

  • True lies

    February 12, 2015

    "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.

  • Appeasement as narcissism

    February 5, 2015

    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.

  • Can Israel survive?

    January 29, 2015

    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.

  • Can Israel survive?

    January 29, 2015

    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos.

  • Remembering the last lion

    January 22, 2015

    Fifty years ago this Saturday, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died at age 90.

  • Offenders of the Western faith

    January 15, 2015

    Western civilization's creed is free thought and expression, the lubricant of everything from democracy to human rights.

  • Have liberals lost the middle class?

    January 8, 2015

    Democrats for over a century were associated with the American middle class.

  • The ironies of oil

    January 1, 2015

    Gasoline prices are on the verge of crashing down to below $2 a gallon. The price of oil may dip below $50 a barrel.

  • A one-man revolution

    December 25, 2014

    Until now there were two types of peaceful American change. One was a president, like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, working with Congress to alter American life from the top down by passing a new agenda. The other was popular reform pressure, as happened in the 1890s or 1960s, to change public opinion and force government to make new laws or change existing ones.

  • Are drone strikes more defensible than torture?

    December 18, 2014

    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.

  • The other America

    December 11, 2014

    Germany's first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was "a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America."

  • War clouds

    December 4, 2014

    The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous -- in a way we've seen before.

  • An inconvenient law

    November 27, 2014

    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.

  • Meet the snobocrats

    November 20, 2014

    Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud.

  • Voting 'no' on Obama's immigration policies

    November 13, 2014

    Everyone finds a lesson in the Republican midterm tsunami.

  • A Democratic Waterloo

    November 6, 2014

    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."

  • Our make-it-up world

    October 30, 2014

    Do bothersome facts matter anymore?

  • Our new missiles of October

    October 23, 2014

    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.

  • Our new missiles of October

    October 23, 2014

    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.

  • Ethnic aristocracies have no place in modern America

    October 16, 2014

    Once upon a time, the liberal position was to reject the old discriminatory branding of people by the color of their skins rather than by the content of their characters.

  • Is the French Revolution our new model?

    October 9, 2014

    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.

  • Bomb or occupy -- or neither?

    October 2, 2014

    Wars usually end only when the defeated aggressor believes it would be futile to resume the conflict. Lasting peace follows if the loser is then forced to change its political system into something other than what it was.

  • Old and in the way?

    September 25, 2014

    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."

  • 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.