Category Archives: January 2009

A Year Like None Other

It usually takes decades to fit in all the tragicomedy of 2008.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The three great stories of 2008 were the financial meltdown, the turn-about in Iraq, and the Chicago Way. Read more →

Phony War: Afghanistan and the Democrats

by Victor Davis Hanson

World Affairs

Most Americans in 2003 thought that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were complementary theaters in the wider war on radical Islamic terrorism and the authoritarian Middle East regimes that aided and abetted it. Read more →

Dancing Around Landmines: The Obama Al-Arabiya Interview

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

President Barack Obama is being praised for choosing an Arabic TV network for his first formal television interview: the Dubai-based, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel. I think we can all appreciate the thinking behind such bold outreach, given that the media at home has chortled to the world that our new guy’s unusual background, in sort of Zen-fashion, has befuddled the radical Islamic movement. Read more →

Unreal Expectations?

President Obama Asked for Them

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

For nearly three months since the election, we have been warned by President Obama, his staff and the media not to burden him with unreal expectations that no mere mortal could meet. Read more →

Don’t Waste a Crisis

Absorbing as much of the economy as possible.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Euphemism comes from the Greek word euphemia, which means “using the good word”—usually in place of the accurate bad one. Recently we’ve become experts at it. Read more →

Israel’s Fight for Survival

by Bruce S. Thornton

FrontPage Magazine

Israel’s fight for survival is not only against Hamas, Hezbollah, and their state sponsors Syria and Iran. Read more →

An Uneasy Feeling

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Yesterday..

All Americans must appreciate the outpouring of good will, unity, and hope for a successful Obama administration. But I had a certain feeling of uncertainty yesterday at the coverage of the festivities. Read more →

Bush Considered

American is a safer place thanks to his administration.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

A disinterested appraisal of Bush administration foreign policy will take years. For millions on the Left, events in Iraq, Guantánamo, and New Orleans rendered the 43rd president an ill-omened phantasma — omnipotent, ubiquitous, and responsible for all mischief big and small. Read more →

Novus Ordo Seclorum

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Presidential oddities

Obama has been very good in lowering expectations by reminding us 24/7 that there are no easy solutions to the present fiscal meltdown. True enough. Read more →

Obama: The Great American Hope?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

There is great hope that President-elect Obama will change the course of U.S. foreign policy, create far greater goodwill toward America, and thereby ease world tensions. Such optimism is not based on former Sen. Obama’s foreign-policy experience. In essence, he has none. Read more →