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Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

The Vision Thing

Convincing Americans to stick with a crazy Middle East.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Various Syrian foreign ministers, speaking on behalf of a recognized terrorist state, recently warned Israel for fostering “instability” throughout the region by taking out the supposedly empty infrastructure of a killers’ training base on Syrian soil. Read more →

Legends of the Fall

More myths about the current war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

“The war is against ‘terror’.” As a number of astute observers have reminded us, terror is a method, not an enemy. And we are no more in a war against it than we were once fighting the scourge of Zeros or the plague of Soviet MiGs. Read more →

What’s It All About?

Playing high-stakes poker like never before.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The objectives and methods of the terrorists and ambushers in Iraq are not hard to fathom. Their strategy is twofold. Read more →

Why History Has No End

Islamic rage and Western disunity show that reports of history’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

by Victor Davis Hanson

City Journal

Writing as the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Francis Fukuyama famously announced the “End of History.” The world, he argued, was fast approaching the final stage of its political evolution. Read more →

On the Right Side of History

The hard truth won’t go away.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

At the end of this summer of our discontent, an array of Democratic presidential hopefuls, along with a number of restless pundits, are seeking to reclaim credibility after their mistaken prognoses about the Afghan and Iraqi wars. Read more →

These Are Historic Times

Is it to be Lincoln or Sisyphus?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

By May 1864, Abraham Lincoln was in real trouble. The spectacular victories of the past year at Gettysburg and Vicksburg were mostly forgotten — in the manner that we no longer talk much about the amazing campaign in Afghanistan or the historic three-week drive on Baghdad. Read more →

The Great Divide

Looking back on the fires of 9/11.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

So many things about September 11 have coalesced to define the attack as a singular event in American history. Three thousand Americans did not die in a fire, earthquake, or flood. Read more →

Hoping We Fail

Who loses and who wins in the high-stakes poker in Iraq?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It is not hard to determine who wishes the United States to succeed in rebuilding Iraq along lines that will promote consensual government, personal freedom, and economic vitality: Hardly anyone. At least, few other than the Iraqi and American people. Read more →

Phase Three?

The enemy is growing desperate.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

After the first two conventional military victories in Afghanistan of November 2001 and this spring in Iraq, the recent bombings suggest that we are now entering a third phase: A desperate last-ditch war of attrition in which our enemies feel that bombing, suicide murdering, assassination, and general terrorism against Westerners the world over might still achieve what conventional military operations did not. Read more →

The Awakening

We need a clean slate in the postbellum world.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

What is a base? Is it something lke the facility in Saudi Arabia that enrages the local population, provides a rallying cry for unhinged Islamists, protects a medieval monarchy from an emerging consensual society in Iraq, and can’t be used fully in a time of war? Read more →

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