Category Archives: April 2006

Passions: A Primordial Landscape

Comment on Colin S. Gray’s military history arguments for the Historical Society

by Victor Davis Hanson

Historically Speaking

As a long admirer of Thucydides I must plead guilty to agreeing with almost all of the sensible points that Colin S. Gray has made. Read more →

Our Orphaned Middle East Policy

Things are looking up as everyone starts jumping ship.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It is common now to hear of an American Middle East policy in shambles. And why not, given the daily mayhem that is televised from the West Bank, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and the overt threats of Iranian President Ahmadinej(ih)ad? Read more →

The Caldron of Anti-Semitism

The use and abuse of popular culture’s favorite victim.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

As if there isn’t enough evidence of the ideological corruption of America’s universities, along come Chicago’s John Mearsheimer and Harvard’s Stephen Walt, arguing that the “Israel lobby” dominates American foreign policy to the hurt of our own national interests. Read more →

Libya Awake Again

Economy’s revitalization shows patterns ancient and modern

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

The most vibrant cities of the Roman Empire were often not found in Europe. Many were located along the southern and eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, such as Leptis Magna, Ephesus and Pergamum. Read more →

France’s Immigrant Problem–and Ours

by Victor Davis Hanson

Claremont Review of Books

[This piece appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books.] 

The three weeks of Muslim rage across France during autumn 2005 brought Schadenfreude to many Americans. Read more →

How to Eliminate Iran’s Nuclear Weapons

by Victor Davis Hanson

Claremont Review of Books

[This piece appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books.] Read more →

Illegal Immigration and the English Language

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

In the fierce debate over illegal immigration, the particular terms used by those who argue our porous borders are not a serious problem can tell us a lot. Read more →

The Jackal and the General

Public discontent serves the man at home not the soldier in the field.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Like jackals sniffing a wounded antelope, a pack of retired generals are circling Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, calling for him to resign for bungling the war in Iraq by allegedly interfering in military matters and ignoring the advice of commanders. Read more →

Dead-end Debates

Critics need to move on.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Currently, there are many retired generals appearing in frenetic fashion on television. Sometimes they hype their recent books, or, as during the three-week war, offer sharp interviews about our supposed strategic and operational blunders in Iraq — imperial hubris, too few troops, wrong war, wrong place, and other assorted lapses. Read more →

Back to the ’60s Barricades

by Victor Davis Hanson

The American Enterprise Magazine

On matters of national security, Democrats are back on their 1960s barricades. For them, the chief dangers to the United States lie not abroad but at home, within our own government — specifically unaccountable law enforcement, military, and national security establishments. Read more →

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