Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

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 →

Western Cannibalism

Eating each other while our enemies smile.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

This war grows stranger here at home and abroad all the time. Despite the horrific barbarism in Fallujah and the gun-toting and killing by the Shiites, the United States is ever so steadily establishing a consensual government of sorts under impossible conditions in Iraq. Read more →

The Mirror of Fallujah

No more passes and excuses for the Middle East

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

What are we to make of scenes from the eighth-century in Fallujah? Random murder, mutilation of the dead, dismemberment, televised gore, and pride in stringing up the charred corpses of thosewho sought to bring food to the hungry? Read more →

Lovin’ Europe by Leavin’

It is past time fore our 60-year-old European child to move out of the house and get a life.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One of the most misleading fables about this present struggle is that, since 9/11, we have squandered European good will through arrogance and our “unilateral” operations in Iraq. Read more →

When Should We Stop Supporting Israel?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

The recent assassination of Sheik Saruman raises among some Americans the question—at what point should we reconsider our rather blanket support for the Israelis and show a more even-handed attitude toward the Palestinians? The answer, it seems to me, should be assessed in cultural, economic, political, and social terms. Read more →

We Are Finishing the War

Anatomy of our struggle against the Islamicists.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Across the globe we watch the terrible drama play out. Car and suicide bombings in Baghdad are aimed at American aid givers, U.S. peacekeepers, Iraqi civilians, and provisional government workers. Spanish civilians are indiscriminately murdered — as are Turks, Moroccans, Saudis, and Afghans. Read more →

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