Category Archives: February 2009

Perverse Thoughts about this Perverse Recession

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

I do not understand at all this going into debt for almost another trillion dollars, and then immediately promising to balance the budget soon (like blowing off your foot near an emergency room), or how “stimulate” differs from “borrow,” or why the more noble victim is the one who sought to borrow too much for too much house and then defaulted, rather than he who chose to borrow less for less house and paid his mortgage on time each month and now subsidizes the less responsible. (The former apparently will still have the larger house, the latter the smaller.) Read more →

Some Reflections in the Times of Hysteria

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Imagine…

Had anyone said a few months ago that the federal government would step in to provide a trillion dollars to subsidize gasoline — to bring it down to $1.85 a gallon nationwide from prices that were exceeding $4 a gallon — we would have had a national debate. Read more →

War and Peace–and Deceit–in Islam

by Raymond Ibrahim

PJ Media

Editor’s note: Substantial portions of the following essay made up part of Mr. Ibrahim’s written testimony that was presented to Congress on February 12, 2009

Today, in a time of wars and rumors of wars emanating from the Islamic world — from the current conflict in Gaza, to the saber-rattling of nuclear-armed Pakistan and soon-to-be Iran — the need for non-Muslims to better understand Islam’s doctrines and objectives concerning war and peace, and everything in between (treaties, diplomacy), has become pressing. Read more →

An ‘Impulsive’ America?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

President Barack Obama’s first TV interview was with the Dubai-based, partly Saudi-funded Al Arabiya satellite channel. Read more →

Our Battered American

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

I am meeting a few battered Americans these days. There are not many left, but those that are seem to sound alike. Yes, I think I am beginning to understand Mr. Battered American, and he sounds tired and a bit like this. Read more →

Pause and Take a Deep Breath

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Five Easy Pieces

I. “Bush did it!”

Sec. Clinton went abroad this week and immediately, and yes, gratuitously, blamed Bush. Read more →

Ancient Wisdom: Depression, Recession, Downturn…Whatever

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

My grandfather once said something to me around 1970 that I have never forgotten. He was born in my house in 1890 (or rather, I in his) — twenty years after his grandmother built the present home. Read more →

The Audacity of Irony

“Hope and change” meet reality.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We have seen irony before, when the moralist Jimmy Carter chastised us with sermons about our paranoid, inordinate fear of Communism and our amoral unconcern with human rights, even as the dividends of his policies were the Soviets in Afghanistan and the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran — and even greater global misery than before. Read more →

Hardly the Best and Brightest

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Most historians agree that earthquakes, droughts or barbarians did not unravel classical Athens or imperial Rome. Read more →

Consider the Source

Jihad has Islamic, and non-Islamic, roots.

by Raymond Ibrahim

Weekly Standard

Review of The Mind of Jihad by Laurent Murawiec (Cambridge, 350 pp.) Read more →