Victor Davis Hanson // National Review What do the Kavanaugh hearings, Jussie Smollett, the Covington kids, the Mueller investigation, and now the Trump phone call all have in common? Staged melodrama, media collusion hysteria, progressive demands that justice be served immediately, promises of walls-are-closing-in blockbuster revelations from new witnesses, supposed … Read more → Please … Read moreAnti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Strangest among all the many melodramas of the last two weeks were the blaring headlines that President Trump had dared to talk with the Australian Prime Minister—and referenced the role of foreign governments and in particular Australia in U.S. electoral politics in 2016. Given … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Madness of Progressive Projection
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Expect more desperate Iranian efforts to prompt a U.S. military response in the Persian Gulf. Trump’s sanctions have cut off 90 percent of Iran’s oil revenues. Soon Tehran’s shattered economy will be followed by more pent-up domestic unrest of the sort that Barack Obama … Read more → Please … Read moreKeep It Steady and Cool with Iran, America
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Aside from the emotional issue that Democrats, NeverTrumpers, and celebrities loathe Donald Trump, recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election. “To defeat him at the … Read more → Please … Read moreImpeachment Coup Analytics
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama. The whistleblower admits to hearsay (“I was not a … Read more → Please … Read moreWhy the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review The American Founders institutionalized the best of a long Western tradition of representative government, with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These contracts outlined the rare privileges and responsibilities of new American citizens. Yet the concept of citizenship is being assaulted on the … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Death of American Citizenship
Please read this book review from my colleague Terry Scambray // New Oxford Review Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim. Da Capo Press, 2018. Pp. 297 We judge individuals by what they say and what they do. We judge cults, religions and ideologies the same way; that … Read more → Please … Read moreBook Review: Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim. Da Capo Press, 2018. Pp. 297
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review One theme of the Democratic debates is collective furor — at whom or what is not always clear, other than at Americans who voted for Trump. Or perhaps at America itself for failing the expectations of our moral betters? Yet such rage is so … Read more → Please … Read moreOur Privileged Scolds
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Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Sometime-Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden was at it again, voicing his brand of tough-guy boasts that he can “beat Trump like a drum.” A 1980s sci-fi cult film about a weirdo, Buckaroo Banzai, who travels through time dimensions in many manifestations battling evil and saving good … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Madcap Adventures of ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Biden
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News President Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a “Kulturkampf.” As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: Trump wages war on progressive culture – Dems respond with Trump Derangement Syndrome
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review For a while, we thought MSNBC had temporarily usurped CNN as the font of fake news — although both networks had tied for the most negative coverage (93 percent of all their news reports) of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. A cynic … Read more → Please … Read moreCNN: Everything but the News
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The new post-Mueller media narrative is “weariness” and “exhaustion” with President Trump’s tweets, his cul de sac Sharpie controversy, his ideas about buying Greenland, his unorthodox art-of-the-deal foreign policy that resulted in a plan to talk to Taliban leaders in the United States, and … Read more → Please … Read moreTrumped Out?
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review British prime minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public’s June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit. But the real issue is far older and more important than whether 52 percent of Britain finally became understandably aggrieved … Read more → Please … Read moreIs England Still Part of Europe?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Pundits and politicos play the current parlor game of counting Joe Biden’s daily bloopers, signs of debility, or embarrassments. Unlike former “Apprentice” host Donald Trump’s exaggerations and narcissisms, Biden’s fantasies are not baked into an outsider candidacy that by intent offers as a radical … Read more → Please … Read moreBiden or Bust?
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: World War II rages on in minds of world leaders – It profoundly influences them today
The Monroe Doctrine: Guide to the Future Please read a new essay by my colleague, Williamson Murray in Strategika. The Monroe Doctrine, which purports to warn other states from interfering in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere, has supposedly remained a basic principle of American foreign policy since the first half … Read more → Please … Read moreStrategika Issue 60: The Monroe Doctrine and Current U.S. Foreign Policy
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Most of us who came of age in the 1970s revered the university—even as it was still reeling from 1960s protests and beginning a process that resulted in its present chaos and disrepute. Americans of the G.I. Bill-era first enshrined the idea of upward … Read more → Please … Read moreFrom Icon to Just a Con
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review One of the most radical changes in the labyrinth of the Middle East is the near cessation of the old formal hostility of the Arab nations to Israel. That does not mean that the destruction of the Jewish state is not still a commandment … Read more → Please … Read moreIsrael’s Good and Bad New Realities
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News “Socialist!” is no longer a McCarthyite slur. Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; – often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Many are the hissing heads of the polycephalic Donald Trump—at least according to the progressive Left and the NeverTrump Right, who see the president of the United States as some sort of mythical nightmare. Here are a few of his supposedly monstrous manifestations. Trump, the Profiteer … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Mythical Trump Hydra
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review In traditional political terms, there is always an alternate agenda to an incumbent president’s that reasonable voters can debate. In Trump’s case, two massive annual budget deficits — coming on top of the previous two administrations that doubled the national debt — seem fair … Read more → Please … Read moreTrump — or What, Exactly?
Victor Davis Hanson // Claremont Review of Books n the world of ancient Greece and Rome, collective reverence for the war dead helped explain why hoplites and legionaries fought so fiercely. The great themes of classical literature are often those of battlefield commemoration. Pericles’ majestic Funeral Oration, the lyric poet … Read more → Please … Read moreWith The Old Breed
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review All politicians are “flexible.” If they are in politics long enough, many reinvent themselves ideologically several times over — given the perceived volatile mood of 51 percent of their constituency. But rarely have we seen an entire primary field of candidates scrambling to renounce … Read more → Please … Read moreProgressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News What factors usually reelect or throw out incumbent presidents? The economy counts most. Recessions, or at least chronic economic pessimism, sink incumbents. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were tagged with sluggish growth, high unemployment and a sense of perceived stagnation — and were easily defeated. The 2008 financial … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: What could sink Trump’s chances in 2020?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness One of the weirdest characteristics of our global politicians and moral censors is their preference to voice cosmic justice rather than to address less abstract sin within their own purview or authority. These progressive virtue mongers see themselves as citizens of the world rather … Read more → Please … Read moreCosmic Injustice
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Some 80 years ago, on August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, formally known as the “Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” The world was shocked — and terrified — by the … Read more → Please … Read moreThe German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Any majority population must be careful not to revert to pre-civilized tribalism and oppressing minority groups. The United States, like every other country that enjoys diverse populations has struggled from its beginning to ensure equality, sometimes unsuccessfully, and only at the cost of thousands … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Strange Case of ‘White Supremacy’
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review A great deal of controversy has continued the past few days over Robert Francis O’Rourke’s longtime use of a nickname given to him at birth (albeit temporarily jettisoned while in prep school) — especially in the wake of his recent sensational and unfounded charges that … Read more → Please … Read moreHow Robert O’Rourke Became ‘Beto’
Victor Davis Hanson // The Hill The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have rightly shocked the nation. In our understandable collective furor over the senseless loss of life, all the old political divides are being revisited, now in a climate of often frightening blame, anger and … Read more → Please … Read moreWhy target Tucker Carlson? It’s part of the left’s war on the right
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Democrats by 2004 had become obsessed with defeating incumbent President George W. Bush. Four years earlier, in the 2000 election, Bush had won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. Democrats were still furious that Bush supposedly had been “selected” by the Supreme … Read more → Please … Read moreWill 2020 Be a Repeat of 2004 for Democrats?
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Half of the Democratic 20-person primary field in the debates appeared unhappy, shrill, and self-righteous, and determined that no candidate should out-left any other. So far, they certainly sound clueless about how they sound to those in western Pennsylvania or southern Michigan. Their timidity … Read more → Please … Read moreDemocrats’ Debate Cowardice, Hypocrisy, and Nuttiness
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review When figurehead Robert Mueller likely allowed Andrew Weissman to form his special counsel team to investigate so-called charges of Russian collusion involving Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin, Washington elites became bouncy. The high-profile legal “powerhouse” lineup immediately looked like a sure-thing—an elite … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Dream Team Loses to the Nobodies
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Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden has bragged on two occasions that he would like to beat up President Donald Trump. In March 2018, Biden huffed, “They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I … Read more → Please … Read moreMenacing Invective Against Trump Creates Dangerous Climate
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Or at least, in theory, it sort of does. In 1919 Herbert Hoover — then a 45-year-old multimillionaire, mining engineer, and veteran of efforts to save the starving of Europe and … Read more → Please … Read more100 Years of the Hoover Institution
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of “projectionism”—the defense of one’s own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others—it was a common theme in classical literature and the New Testament: the ridiculing of the mole on someone else’s nose to hide one’s … Read more → Please … Read moreWoke Racism
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath. The traditional criticism of the treaty is that the victorious French and … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Lessons of the Versailles Treaty
Victor Davis Hanson // Nationals Review Each week we are warned of a recession. And each week the economic news “unexpectedly” and “surprisingly” improves or stays steady — in ways well aside from the staples of continued near-record-low peacetime unemployment (3.8 percent), near-record-low minority unemployment, booming annualized GDP (3.1 percent), … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Economy, Father of Us All