Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

The Election of 1864

Advantage: Commander-in-chief.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The standing ovation for the chairman of the interim Iraqi Governing Council, the systematic refutation of all the tired canards — “unilateralism,” “preemption,” and “hubris” — praise and admiration for Afghans, the peroration about the historic times we are in and the promise to press on, all this was Trumanesque, delivered in Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address with spirit and without apology. Read more →

El Norte

The case against Bush’s immigration plan.

by Victor Davis Hanson

WSJ Opinion Journal Online

President Bush’s recent proposal to grant legal status to thousands of Mexican citizens currently working in the U.S. under illegal auspices seems at first glance to be a good start–splitting the difference between open and closed borders, and between amnesty and deportation. Read more →

Our Primordial World

Pride and Envy are what makes this war go ’round.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Throughout the last two years of war, we have confronted a variety of what we thought were strange occurrences: the conquest of Iraq in a mere three weeks, the subsequent Iraqis’ looting of their own infrastructure, the counterinsurgency operations inside the Sunni Triangle and the weird yearning there for cutthroat Saddam’s return, the sudden wave of suicide bombings worldwide, and the split between old and new Europe. Read more →

The Same Old Thing

Our Augean stables are 30 years old.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

One of the strangest developments of the ongoing presidential campaign has been the creation of a new national mythology: The United States is alienating the world, losing the friendship of the Europeans, needlessly offending the Arabs, and generally embarking on a radically new foreign policy of preemption and hegemony. Read more →

The Western Disease

The strange syndrome of our guilt and their shame.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

After watching a string of editorial attacks on America both at home and from abroad in the aftermath of Saddam’s capture, I thought back to the actual record of the last two years. Read more →

Stuck on Calypso’s Island

Dialoguing with the Europeans.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

What follows is a fair summation of about 20 or so dialogues I had recently with a series of Europeans — a good cross-section really of Scandinavians, British, Germans, Greeks, and Dutch. Questions and answers are taken almost verbatim from our exchanges. Read more →

Critical Mass

We are reaching a showdown in this global war.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We will ensure the peace in Iraq because of our support for consensual government, our massive infusion of material aid, and our respect for Iraqi sovereignty and culture. But none of this is possible without security, which is the dividend solely of military success. Read more →

A Real War

Fighting the worst fascists since Hitler.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Saddam’s Baathists recently blew apart Japanese diplomats on their way to a meeting in Tikrit to discuss sending millions of dollars in aid to Iraq’s poor. Read more →

Multilateral Mantras

The fantasies of the old world meet the realities of the new.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

London protesters. Big bombs dropping in Iraq. More lectures about Guantanamo. Angst from the French and Russians. Kofi Annan miffed. Jimmy Carter back home writing novels. Read more →

Loyalty, How Quaint

The timeless importance of an old quality

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review

Vol. 55, Iss. 22

Even in our postmodern age 19th-century ideas like patriotism, loyalty, and treason still cause controversy. The recent news that some Arab-American and Islamic translators and chaplains at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay were either openly sympathetic to their captives or direct conduits to terrorist organizations in the Middle East might seem like an open-and-shut case of treason. Read more →

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