Progressive Elites Ignore Human Nature at Everyone Else’s Expense

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Want Him to Enforce Laws That Would Have Kept Kate Steinle Alive? Governor Jerry Brown Thinks You’re a ‘Troglodyte’

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

jerrybrown87Last March, California Governor Jerry Brown declared that those who wished existing federal immigration law to be enforced — in the manner that would have saved the late Kate Steinle from a five-times deported, seven-times released felon illegal alien – were:

[A]t best … troglodyte, and at worst … un-Christian.

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The Four Horsemen of a Looming Apocalypse

Our Four Major Threats: China, Iran, Russia, ISIS-They could all be confronted. But by the Obama administration?

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

THE PRESIDENT’S LOOKING-GLASS ISLAMIC WORLD

Obama may have forgotten about “war with Islam,” but war with Islam has not forgotten about him.

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine

rfrPresident Obama recently gave a speech at the Pentagon about our efforts against ISIS that confirmed he has little awareness of the real world our enemies inhabit. The talk reprised the usual received wisdom and unchallenged orthodoxy that comprise most of the foreign policy establishment’s ideas about Islamic jihadism and how we should fight it. Consider the following particularly egregious examples:

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Disregard for the law is America’s greatest threat

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

(Les Cunliffe/Dreamstime)

(Les Cunliffe/Dreamstime)

Barbarians at the gate usually don’t bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture.

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Is the World Becoming Fed Up?

Faster, please: A great pushback is awakening here and abroad, but its timing, nature, and future remain mysterious. 

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

obama_sunset_big_10-2-11-2Given European socialism, and given its therapeutic culture that assumes morality is relative and situational, it is quite stunning — especially to the Greeks — that suddenly debts are to mean not endless negotiations, haggling, blame-gaming, and contextualization, but are reduced to something akin to Calvin Coolidge’s snarky alleged quote, “They hired the money, didn’t they?”

Aside from the threats of Vladimir Putin and the wobbling of the European Union, Europe is being overrun with illegal immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Once an impoverished foreign national arrives at any European shore, the European Union, either out of utopian piety or colonial guilt, feels obligated to accept him, without questioning much his legal status or the reasons for his arrival — much less why it should not extend such magnanimity to tens of millions of others who may well follow.

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What Obama Has Taught Us

Obama has built a legacy, all right: appeasement, staggering debt, racial animosity 

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

We Are All Californians Now

California Drought — Bad Policy, Poor Infrastructure 

By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

ISLAM THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

The latest volume of J.B. Kelly’s essays shows how little we’ve learned about the Middle East.

by Bruce S. Thornton // Defining Ideas 

Photo via FrontPage Magazine

Photo via FrontPage Magazine

From the 1960s to the late 1990s, John Barrett Kelly was one of the most influential advisors, writers, and commentators on the Middle East. In 1980 his book Arabia, the Gulf, and the West was prophetic in its analysis of the strategic importance of the Middle East and the need for a Western “forward policy” in the Gulf in order to protect U.S. and European interests, particularly oil and its transport, against both Soviet adventurism and the greed of Middle Eastern potentates. Like all his writing, his advice was based on an intimate knowledge of the region and its culture, especially the tribal mentality intertwined with Islam, a faith historically hostile to Western civilization.

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Progressive Mass Hysteria

Democracies have been fickle for 2,000 years, but the Internet makes it worse.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online
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