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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.

History or Hysteria?

Our vulture pundits regurgitate rumor and buzz

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Instantly televised images are broadcast with no in-depth analysis. A national television audience sighs and cheers second-to-second — not unlike the mercurial Athenians lined up on the shore of the Great Harbor at Syracuse, who in dejection and euphoria watched their fleet lose, win, and lose in the sea battle against the Sicilians. Read more →

The Long Riders

How do our soldiers do it all?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The screen graphics, television glitz, punditry, lead-in music — all that hype of the news sometimes disguises the sheer improbability of what we are attempting. Read more →

War Has Come

Next stop: the battlefield.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The president reviewed the history of disarming Saddam Hussein, and reminded us it is not pretty: violation of the 1991 armistice accords, obstruction of U.N. resolutions, sanctions, and inspectors, a record of aggression, hatred of America, and a propensity to abet and engage in terrorism. Read more →

Muscular Independence

No more buying, bullying, and begging abroad?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The events of the last six months in crafting an alliance — mostly for political rather than military advantage — to remove a murderous Saddam Hussein are prompting contradictory emotions in many Americans. Read more →

From Manhattan to Baghdad

One enemy, one war, one outcome.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The monotonous inquiries of the critics resound: “What does Iraq have to do with al Qaeda?” “First Afghanistan, now Iraq — what next?” “Isn’t Bush’s war endless?” “Aren’t we diverting our attention from the war on terrorism?” Read more →

The Boomerang Effect

Be careful of what you wish for.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The Security Council is a funny place. I watched the Chinese ambassador grimace at Mr. Powell’s speech — and thought of the entire country and hallowed culture of Tibet, now swallowed by his government. Read more →

Doom, Doom and More Doom

Should we trust past facts or present hysterics?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

What can we expect from the possible invasion of Iraq? Everything in war is of course uncertain — an awful time when the lives of thousands of soldiers hang in the balance, and brutal, dirty events can spiral out of control the moment the shooting starts. Read more →

American Audacity

Who we are.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The nature of American technology and confidence in it are now such that our own astounding achievements sometimes insulate us from the unforgiving laws of the natural world that will not go away. Read more →

So Long to All That

Why the old world of bases, alliances, and NATO is now coming to an end.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

John Le Carre and Harold Pinter tell us that we are the enemy. Gerhard Schroeder wins an election only through anti-Americanism. French diplomats warn us not to consider a conniving Saddam Hussein out of compliance — and are seconded by Communist China. Read more →

Revolutionary

The president and his elements.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The State of the Union address was understated, but it was still quite a revolutionary sort of speech (“free people will set the course of history”). Read more →

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