Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Postbellum Thoughts

Ideas from war’s aftermath.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

THE FIRST PEACEKEEPER DIVISION?
The complexities of Panama, the Gulf War, Kosovo and Bosnia, Afghanistan, and the Iraqi War involved not just military challenges, but postwar reconstruction and global opinion-making as well. Read more →

Time Is on Our Side

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In between morbid reports on the Peterson murders, the media — bored and a little chagrined with the rapidity of the American victory — sought to find a salacious story in the looting. Read more →

Anatomy of the Three-Week War

It was more that we were good rather than they were bad.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In the aftermath of the incredible three-and-a-half week victory we should not post facto make the mistake of assuming that Operation Iraqi Freedom was necessarily an easy task. Read more →

Our Western Mob

From the graveyard of Kabul to the quagmire of Iraq to the looting of Baghdad.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The jubilation of liberating millions from fascism and removing the world’s most odious dictator apparently lasted about 12 hours. Read more →

The Ironies of War

What we have witnessed is unprecedented in military history.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The Marines just rolled by the battlefield of Cunaxa, where in 401 B.C. 10,000 Greek mercenaries suffered one wounded in their collision with the imperial troops of Artaxerxes. Read more →

Yesterday’s News

Trying to take it all in.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We are not quite seeing the beginning of the end of our efforts, but rather, to paraphrase Churchill, the end of the beginning. Read more →

The Train Is Leaving the Station

Will our “friends” jump on in time?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Wars disrupt the political landscape for generations. Changes sweep nations when their youth die in a manner impossible during peace. Read more →

The American War of War

It’s not quite what we’ve been told.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

(1) In this new age the American military does not like fascists, and it thus will unleash horrific power to eliminate autocrats like Noriega, Milosevic, the Taliban, and Saddam Hussein. Read more →

History or Hysteria?

Our vulture pundits regurgitate rumor and buzz

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Instantly televised images are broadcast with no in-depth analysis. A national television audience sighs and cheers second-to-second — not unlike the mercurial Athenians lined up on the shore of the Great Harbor at Syracuse, who in dejection and euphoria watched their fleet lose, win, and lose in the sea battle against the Sicilians. Read more →

The Long Riders

How do our soldiers do it all?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The screen graphics, television glitz, punditry, lead-in music — all that hype of the news sometimes disguises the sheer improbability of what we are attempting. Read more →

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