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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.

Arafat’s Death Changes Nothing

Do we really believe Arafat’s rejectionism died with him?

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The post-Arafat age has begun, and the conventional wisdom about what might or should happen in the Israeli-Arab conflict is quickly hardening into a soothing mantra. Read more →

The Real Humanists: Revolution from Afghanistan to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In September and early October 2001 we were warned that an invasion of Afghanistan was impossible — peaks too high, winter and Ramadan on the way, weak and perfidious allies as bad as the Islamists — and thus that the invasion would result in tens of thousands killed and millions of refugees. Where have all these subversive ankle-biters gone? Apparently into thin air — or to the same refuge of silence as all the Reagan-haters of the 1980s who swore that a nuclear freeze was the only humane policy of dealing with Soviet expansionism. Read more →

The Ironies Ahead: What George W. Bush Faces

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Life is pretty good in the United States now. For all the campaign hysteria about a new Ice Age, jobs are being created. We are recovering from the mess after the late 2000 recession, Wall Street meltdown, and $1 trillion hit from September 11. But there are a number of challenges on the horizon that are going to test the United States like never before. Read more →

Debating the Patriot Act

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

The following was presented in October in Modesto, California as part of the American Heritage Series sponsored by the Modesto Bee. Read more →

Jane Smiley, Republican Party Recruiter

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Losing often induces hysteria, particularly in those suffering from arrested development. Read more →

Election Fallout: Faith in Democracy, Not Government

by Victor Davis Hanson

San Francisco Chronicle

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were the only two Democrats to be elected president since 1976. Read more →

A Quintessential General

by Victor Davis Hanson

New Criterion, November 2004

A review of Ulysses S. Grantby Josiah Bunting III (Times Books, 2004) Read more →

American Exceptionalism: The Message of Tuesday’s Verdict

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Tuesday’s election was the greatest turnout in American political history, the first majority vote for a president-elect since 1988, and the largest number of ballots cast for a president in our history. What are we to make of it all, besides the obvious fact that the citizens have spoken clearly and that their voices were recorded fairly and accurately? Read more →

Interpreting the Returns of Election ’04

All that razzle-dazzle can’t fool average Joe.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Now that, as Hank Williams might put it, it’s all over but the Democrats’ crying, what are some preliminary conclusions we can draw from this election? Read more →

Allow George W. Bush to Finish the Job

In war, the last campaigns are the bloodiest.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Wall Street Journal

A shorter version of this essay appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

In singular moments in our history, the security of the United States hinged on a single presidential election. Read more →

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