Category Archives: August 2004

The Fog of Battle

What comes around, goes…

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Even in daytime fighters do not perceive anything; indeed, nobody knows anything more than what is going on right around himself.

So the fifth-century B.C. military historian Thucydides commented on the confusion of battle on the heights above Syracuse (413 B.C.), and, indirectly, on the inability of historians such as himself to sort out the conflicting accounts provided by veterans of all battles. Read more →

Four Months in Vietnam

Or how to misdirect public attention.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Everyone knows magicians use misdirection to make their illusions work. While one hand distracts us the other is pulling the egg or coin from its hiding place. Read more →

Welcome Back, Europe

Reentering history’s arena.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The scheduled partial U.S. troop withdrawals from Europe were long overdue; some of us had become shrill and hoarse in calling for them over the past few years. Read more →

Challenging Darwinian Fundamentalism

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Uncommon Dissent. Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing, ed. William A. Dembski (ISI Books) Read more →

On Loathing Bush

It’s not about what he does.

by Victor Davis Hanson

For now Americans seem to be split 50-50 over the reelection of George W. Bush. Such a hotly contested election is hardly new. We saw races just as close in 1960, 1968, and 1976. Read more →

If the Dead Could Talk

They’d teach us a thing or two about war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The last two weeks I have been following the route of the American Army’s drive from Normandy into Germany in 1944-5. Read more →

A Return to Childhood: The New Immaturity

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

I would never have imagined that journalists, academics, actors, artists, and the intelligentsia in general would have so opposed the end of dictatorship and promotion of democracy abroad. Read more →

Embedded and Elitist Left

The Long March through Schools of Journalism

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

If you want a good example of the “long march through the institutions” undertaken by sixties leftists after they left school, look no further than the career of Orville Schell, dean of Berkeley’s School of Journalism. Read more →

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