Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Season of Apologies

It’s time for reckless critics to own up.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld were both asked to apologize recently for the illegal and amoral behavior of a few miscreant soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Read more →

How To Lose This War

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

As gas prices rise at home, scream that the war abroad was fought to steal Iraqi oil and get American hands on cheap petroleum. Talk about American imperialism and hegemony while the United States spends billions of dollars to implant democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more →

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 →

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