Category Archives: November 2004

Culling From Among Mediocre in Hollywood

A short review of Oliver Stone’s Alexander the Great

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Well, I thought it was simply terrible. The film goes on for nearly three hours, but we hear nothing of what either supporters or detractors of Alexander, both ancient and modern, have agreed were the central issues of his life. Read more →

Misplaced Metaphors

The conventional wisdom reveals more about us than about Iraq.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One of the more curious aspects of the commentary on this war has not been the bias of the mainstream media but the cynical punditry that somehow ends up as the conventional wisdom among our New York and Washington elites. Here is a small sample of misplaced metaphors, allusions, and conventional wisdom of the last three years. Read more →

Arafat’s Death Changes Nothing

Do we really believe Arafat’s rejectionism died with him?

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The post-Arafat age has begun, and the conventional wisdom about what might or should happen in the Israeli-Arab conflict is quickly hardening into a soothing mantra. Read more →

The Real Humanists: Revolution from Afghanistan to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In September and early October 2001 we were warned that an invasion of Afghanistan was impossible — peaks too high, winter and Ramadan on the way, weak and perfidious allies as bad as the Islamists — and thus that the invasion would result in tens of thousands killed and millions of refugees. Where have all these subversive ankle-biters gone? Apparently into thin air — or to the same refuge of silence as all the Reagan-haters of the 1980s who swore that a nuclear freeze was the only humane policy of dealing with Soviet expansionism. Read more →

The Ironies Ahead: What George W. Bush Faces

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Life is pretty good in the United States now. For all the campaign hysteria about a new Ice Age, jobs are being created. We are recovering from the mess after the late 2000 recession, Wall Street meltdown, and $1 trillion hit from September 11. But there are a number of challenges on the horizon that are going to test the United States like never before. Read more →

Debating the Patriot Act

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The following was presented in October in Modesto, California as part of the American Heritage Series sponsored by the Modesto Bee. Read more →

Jane Smiley, Republican Party Recruiter

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Losing often induces hysteria, particularly in those suffering from arrested development. Read more →

Election Fallout: Faith in Democracy, Not Government

by Victor Davis Hanson

San Francisco Chronicle

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were the only two Democrats to be elected president since 1976. Read more →

A Quintessential General

by Victor Davis Hanson

New Criterion, November 2004

A review of Ulysses S. Grantby Josiah Bunting III (Times Books, 2004) Read more →

American Exceptionalism: The Message of Tuesday’s Verdict

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Tuesday’s election was the greatest turnout in American political history, the first majority vote for a president-elect since 1988, and the largest number of ballots cast for a president in our history. What are we to make of it all, besides the obvious fact that the citizens have spoken clearly and that their voices were recorded fairly and accurately? Read more →

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