Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

The Faith of our Fathers

There is another fundamentalism to worry about.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

For those Democrats still licking their electoral wounds, a soothing narrative has emerged among the liberal commentariat. Read more →

So Much Lost and Little Gained

Stone’s leftist agenda robs Alexander of authenticity.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

A movie as bad as Oliver Stone’s Alexander usually would not be worth notice, but Stone has indulged several cinematic and political pathologies that are illuminating. Read more →

How Far We’ve Come

Let’s not forget.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

The harrowing World War II movie Twelve O’Clock High begins with a postwar bald and bespectacled Dean Jagger (Colonel Harvey Stovall) riding his bicycle out to an old airfield in Archbury, England, that years earlier had been home to the 918th B-17 Bombing Group of the 8th Air force. Read more →

Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait

by Victor Davis Hanson

Commentary

Vol. 116, Iss. 5

A Lost Breed Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait by Midge Decter (Regan Books/HarperCollins. 220pp.) Read more →

Culling From Among Mediocre in Hollywood

A short review of Oliver Stone’s Alexander the Great

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Well, I thought it was simply terrible. The film goes on for nearly three hours, but we hear nothing of what either supporters or detractors of Alexander, both ancient and modern, have agreed were the central issues of his life. Read more →

Misplaced Metaphors

The conventional wisdom reveals more about us than about Iraq.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One of the more curious aspects of the commentary on this war has not been the bias of the mainstream media but the cynical punditry that somehow ends up as the conventional wisdom among our New York and Washington elites. Here is a small sample of misplaced metaphors, allusions, and conventional wisdom of the last three years. Read more →

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 →

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