Category Archives: 2002

The Lessons of Wellington

by Victor Davis Hanson

New Criterion

Perhaps with the exception of Churchill, England has produced no more a remarkable man of action than the Duke of Wellington, who put an end to the Napoleonic Wars at Waterloo–nearly six million dead and twenty-three years after France’s mad genius first declared war against Austria in 1792. Read more →

“I Love Iraq, Bomb Texas”.

by Victor Davis Hanson

American Jewish Committee

With this autumn’s discussion in Washington over what to do about Iraq there arrived also the season of protests. Read more →

A Funny Sort of Empire

Are Americans really so imperial?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It is popular now to talk of the American “empire.” In Europe particularly there are comparisons of Mr. Bush to Caesar — and worse — and invocations all sorts of pretentious poli-sci jargon like “hegemon,” “imperium,” and “subject states,” along with neologisms like “hyperpower” and “overdogs.” Read more →

Baghgrad?

Removing Saddam from Baghdad.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Like Hitler, Saddam Hussein has shown flashes of strategic caginess — in summer 1990 gobbling up Kuwait and threatening Saudi Arabia before perplexed diplomats realized what he was really up to. Read more →

Perils of ‘The German Way’

What do these recent outbursts mean?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

The problem with the recent German criticism of President Bush was not Chancellor Schroeder’s willingness to voice unease with the purported American “adventure” in Iraq. Read more →

A Funny Morality

North Korea as a metaphor of the times

by Victor Davis Hanson

The Claremont Institute

The disclosures of North Korean duplicity in acquiring nuclear weapons were disturbing for a variety of reasons, involving more than our national security. Read more →

Voices in the Wilderness

Versus the age-old sirens of appeasement

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Listening to the administration make the case for preemptive action brought reminders of similarly exasperated leaders of the past. Read more →

The Strangest of Times: A Perplexing World Stage

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Skeptics cite a number of hypothetical disasters that might befall the United States should we attack Iraq. Read more →

Goodbye to Europe?

by Victor Davis Hanson

American Jewish Committee

In the aftermath of the catastrophe that struck the United States last September 11, few things can have been more dismaying to Americans than the attitude adopted by many of our closest European allies, whose sympathy for the loss of life was quickly replaced by skepticism, if not outright hostility, toward American motives and American policy. Read more →

An Aroused Citizenry

How democracies go to war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

We associate democracies with peace, and thus think that it is hard to convince thousands of free citizens to support a war. Read more →