Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

American Cannibalism

We are doing to ourselves what the enemy could not.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Have we any memory of a man in a suit and tie, nearly three years ago wading through the din and panic amid the morning rubble, assuring millions of stunned Americans that the national headquarters of their armed forces was still intact and capable of defending us after the mass murder of 3,000? Read more →

The Wars For The West

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

Can we stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and remember the hysteria of the last three years—and then learn something from it? Read more →

Our Weird War of War

Our enemies know us only too well.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The wars since September 11 have once more revealed the superiority of Western arms. Afghanistan may be 7,000 miles away, cold, high, and full of clans, warlords, and assorted folk who have historically enjoyed killing foreign interlopers for blood sport, but somehow a few thousand Americans went over there and took out the invincible Taliban in eight weeks. Read more →

Abu Ghraib

by Victor Davis Hanson

Wall Street Journal

Pictures of American military police humiliating and, in some cases, allegedly torturing Iraqi prisoners in Saddam’s old Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad now flash across the world. Read more →

What the President Might Say

It is about more than just Fallujah.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We are presently engaged in a world war for our civilization and its vision of a just and humane society. Our values will either endure this present struggle and indeed be invigorated by the ordeal, or like once great civilizations of the past we will stumble in the face of barbarism and lose all that we hold dear. Read more →

The Historical Record on Afghanistan and Iraq

What will be remembered?

by Victor Davis Hanson

San Francisco Chronicle

In the present chaos in Iraq, of course, the war’s purpose and outcome seem clouded. Read more →

Myth or Reality?

Will Iraq work? That’s up to us.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Myth #1: America turned off its allies.

According to John Kerry, due to inept American diplomacy and unilateral arrogance, the United States failed to get the Europeans and the U.N. on board for the war in Iraq. Thus, unlike in Afghanistan, we find ourselves alone. Read more →

So Lucky To Have Them

American soldiers are as impressive abroad as we are embarrassing at home.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

These are not really dark times. Rather I think in some ways they are among the finest in our history. No other country would or could send its youth 7,000 miles away to end fascism, implement consensual government, and adhere to its principled mission amid cynicism, cheap caricature, and increasing danger. Read more →

Our Present Chaos

Inconsistency is the order of the day.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

For the past two years we have lamented the rise of a supposedly new doctrine of preemption — or whether the United States should hit inveterate enemies while they are still vulnerable and have not yet finalized their plans to strike America. Read more →

Finish It Or Forget It

This is a war–not terrorism, insurgency, or uprising

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

For about a year now, a baby-faced grotesque thug, Sadr, dressed up in a cleric’s robes and backed by two or three thousand gangsters has held world-wide televised press conferences as he pompously boasted about his promised imposition of Iranian-style theocracy upon 26 million other Iraqis. Read more →

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