Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

War Folklore

Don’t listen to the latest groupspeak.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Just as we migrate from Scott Peterson to Kobe Bryant and back to Jessica Lynch, so too did the snowy peaks of Afghanistan bow out to the sandstorm-induced pause in Iraq and that in turn to 16 words of the president’s speech. Read more →

The Corrections

Our rocky return to a much-needed balance in foreign policy.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The Greeks were fascinated with the need to adhere to the mean (to meson). The idea became commonplace that there was a sort of natural equilibrium in things that tended to pull events, emotions, and people themselves back to the center, away from both hubris and inaction. Read more →

War’s Bitter Laws

The rules of war existed long before we entered Iraq.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Here at the millennium, the conditions under which war must be waged by Western states appear to be like none other in the history of conflict. Read more →

Old and in the Way

The American Street has sized up best the new paradoxes of foreign policy.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The events following 9/11 created an “empire” industry — millions of words written by pundits claiming that by intervening in Afghanistan and Iraq America was now a hegemon. Read more →

The Surreal World of Iraq

Let us thank our soldiers on this Independence Day.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

That are we to make of the last four months? In 21 days at a cost of less than 200 fatalities, the United States military ended the 24-year reign of one of the most odious dictators in recent memory and freed their people. Read more →

Winning After All

Despair is not an option amid the present chaos.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

For about ten weeks now, the headlines of our major newspapers blare out something like the following: “Iraq Attacks Hamper U.S. Reconstruction” or “Increasing Resistance to U.S. Efforts in Iraq. Read more →

An Indirect Approach?

Peace in the Middle East will not be won on the West Bank.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Since the time of the Greeks a hallmark of Western military practice has been the tendency to seek out an enemy, and then through superior discipline, shock, and technology, to smash him — thus obtaining victory through the destruction of his forces on the field of battle. Read more →

Gone But Not Forgotten

Making war and peace in the new post-Soviet world

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It has been well over a decade since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet many, still caught up in past institutions and protocols of that bygone age, forget the degree to which the collapse of the Soviet Union is with us today and helps to frame almost all of our struggles since 9/11. Read more →

Middle East Tragedies

Pressing ahead is our only choice.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The images are jarring, the hypocrisies appalling, the rhetoric repulsive. Only in the Arab Middle East — and the Islamic world in general — are suicide-murderers operating and indeed canonized, even blessed with cash bonuses. Read more →

Back to the Falklands

If only we’d had a roadmap to peace in 1982.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

April, 1982

Secretary of State Alexander Haig today issued the State Department’s long-awaited “Roadmap” intended to end the dispute over the contested islands. Read more →

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